Sleep Whale

Formed in the northern Texas college town of Denton, Sleep Whale channeled Krautrock legends Can and Neu! alongside avant luminaries such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno into a unique sound that won them plenty of supporters right from the get-go. Convened in 2006 by founding members Joel North (guitar, cello) and Bruce Blay (percussion, samples, guitar, bass, et al.), the group released its first EP, Little Brite, in 2009. An album, Houseboat, came out later that same year. In addition to broadening their sound, Sleep Whale added to their roster, taking on Paul North (vocals, guitar) and Spencer Stephenson (drums) in order to fully realize the group's unique sound both in the studio and on the road. – All Music Guide

Selected Press

...we've been impressed by everything we've heard from them.

  • Gorilla vs. Bear
  • The evocative “Cotton Curls”, from the forthcoming record, shows the band's way with versatile arrangements and atmosphere.

  • Pitchfork
  • ...a band whose striking, inventive grasp on post-rock breaks convention in the most arresting, sonically mesmerizing fashion.

  • Boomkat
  • Taking a page from the Books, Denton's [Sleep Whale] weaves mesmerizing audio collages.

  • Austin Chronicle
  • a grin-inducing suite that resembles the Books or label-mates their Sunday mellowest

  • Exclaim
  • This is an excellent record that fits the cool pre-summer breeze and mild sun of today. A record to make you happy. It did for me. Wowie.

  • Vital Weekly
  • so stirringly beautiful you almost drop your jaw the first time you hear it....You've gotta hear them. See them too.

  • The Dallas Observer