Minutes of Sleep by Francis Harris, released 24 February 2014 1. Hems 2. Dangerdream 3. Radiofreeze 4. Lean Back 5. You Can Always Leave 6. Me to Drift 7. What She Had 8. Blues News 9. New Rain 10. Minutes of Sleep 11. Dangerdream (How Che Guevera's Death And Bob Dylan's Life Militarized Brigate Rosse). Got it. + add. album.
Minutes Of Sleep was written in the aftermath, which he admits was more turbulent and upsetting than his father's death. A stirring and complex record threaded with uncertainty, Minutes Of Sleep shows that Harris is not one to wear his heart on his sleeve. Taking in his varied set of influences, it's a record that brilliantly refigures house music as a deeply personal form of inward expression. Minutes Of Sleep isn't the wrenching epitaph you might expect from its backstory-it's more of an attempt to keep calm in a fierce storm of emotions. That warm and distinctly human sound palette matches the album's life-cycle sequencing. Minutes Of Sleep drowsily brings itself to life in its opening run, then peaks in the middle before settling back down to a jazzy murmur with crestfallen moments like "Blues News" and "New Rain"-ruminative songs that feel dejected and hopeful at the same time.
Artist: Francis Harris. Album: Minutes of Sleep.
On Minutes of Sleep, Scissor and Thread label founder Francis Harris continues to grapple with the subjects of memory, loss and profound grief that suffused his critically acclaimed debut Leland (2012), an album length requiem composed for his father. Writing this time in tribute to his mother who sadly passed the following year, Harris revisits deeply personal territory on Minutes of Sleep with newfound perspective, heightened confidence and a markedly refined approach, yielding a noticeably matured and eloquent statement which transcends sorrowful brooding and rumination.
Looking into the background and life of Francis Harris, it’s quite surprising how his music turned out. After all, you wouldn’t really expect a hardcore punk rocker from Vegas to wind up as a DJ for the majority of his career. Yet, somehow, he too managed to fall in love with electronic music, as so many others had before him. And although it may be just dance music to him, it does give off a very thoughtful and intelligent vibe. Just two years ago, in 2012, he released his debut album, Leland to wide critical praise. With his second full-length album, entitled Minutes of Sleep, Harris delves yet again into the crevices of downtempo house music, and pulls out a worthy successor to his other works. At eleven tracks and over an hour long, Minutes of Sleep isn’t exactly casual listening material.
Cello – Emil AbramyanGuitar – Francis Harris, Gabe HedrickPiano – Brendan GolleTrumpet – Greg Paulus
Cello – Emil AbramyanGuitar – Francis Harris, Gabe HedrickPiano – Leah LazonickTrumpet – Greg Paulus
Cello – Emil AbramyanKeyboards – Brendan Golle, Francis Harris
Piano – Francis HarrisTrumpet – Greg Paulus
|B2||You Can Always Leave
Keyboards – Francis HarrisTrumpet – Greg PaulusVocals, Lyrics By – Gry Bagøien
|C1||Me To Drift
Cello – Emil AbramyanKeyboards – Francis Harris
|C2||What She Had
Piano, Keyboards – Francis Harris
Guitar – Francis Harris, Gabe HedrickVocals, Lyrics By – Gry Bagøien
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|D3||Dangerdream (How Che Guevara's Death & Bob Dylan's Life Militarized Brigate Rosse) Vinyl Edit
Remix – Terre Thaemlitz
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