SLUMBERLAND

SLUMBERLAND

Slumberland embraces the experiment.

The band led by sound artist Jochem Baelus deploys an arsenal of home-made mechanical instruments and two drummers to unleash a hypnotic krautrock/post punk sound with echoes of distorted exotica, long-lost soundtracks and boozy rock & roll greats.

 

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For their latest album 'Sea, sea, sea, drifter / See, see, see, drifter' (Consouling Sounds), Slumberland has crossed the Atlantic, making landfall in Montreal to work with engineer/producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, amongst many others known from 'Jerusalem in my heart'. As the unofficial sound guru for the Canadian label 'Constellation', he is right at home with the cinematic portraits and tribal realms of Slumberland.

With his help, the album was recorded in a former refrigeration unit amidst the colourful Dutch tulip fields of Voorhout. Though there’s little evidence of this cheerful decor.

This second album was mixed at studio Hotel2tango, Montreal (known for Godspeed You! Black Emperor, among others...) and sounds murkier, rawer and more explosive than its processor. The songs unfold in a constant friction between tactile textures and spare melodies, with the inky voice of Baelus increasingly at the forefront in the role of master of ceremonies.

 

Since 2013, Jochem Baelus has been besieging the music scene with his re-engineered sewing machines and film projectors.

With its obscure, veiled songs, his self-titled debut album in 2013 on the experimental Dutch label 'De Zesde Kolonne' made an impression for its Lynchian atmosphere, prior to which he had already gained a reputation with bands including Echo Beatty.

It didn't go unnoticed by bands such as Tindersticks and King Dude, with whom he would later share the stage.

After several tours in Germany, Eastern Europe and Switzerland, a 'live' tape was released with collaborations from the 'Psychfest' festival Eindhoven and he was invited to take part in the compilation album 'I said no doctors' alongside the likes of Silver Apples and Dan Deacon, on the American label 'Dymaxion groove records'.

 

After numerous solo shows, in 2018, he decided to expand his band to a trio.

The two drummers Alfredo Bravo (Flying Horseman) and Frederik Meulyzer (Stray Dogs) supply an organic, visceral counterweight to all that mechanical noise.

In this configuration, the band has made a name for itself as an intense live experience, entrancing audiences in a collective, repetitive, timeless ritual. Or, in the words of HUMO magazine: ‘Beautiful to watch, heavenly to hear’.

Tourdates

Date Band Location Tickets
24-11-2018 Explore The North SLUMBERLAND Leeuwarden, NL TICKETS

Tour History

Date Band Location
31-08-2018 Deurnroosje SLUMBERLAND Antwerpen
30-06-2018 Stormkop SLUMBERLAND Antwerpen
21-06-2018 DOK SLUMBERLAND Gent
28-04-2018 Kunstoevers SLUMBERLAND Aalst
25-04-2018 Bar Paniek SLUMBERLAND Antwerpen
14-04-2018 Little Waves SLUMBERLAND Genk
07-04-2018 More Music! SLUMBERLAND Brugge
10-02-2018 One Of A Million Festival SLUMBERLAND Baden, CH
09-02-2018 Punto SLUMBERLAND Bern, CH
07-02-2018 Le Bout du Monde SLUMBERLAND Vevey, CH

Press

08-04-2018

"A raw, murky thunderbolt, an utterly bewitching onslaught of restless rattles and drums with a hefty post-punk vibe…" INDIESTYLE on Slumberland live

12-11-2017

"Slumberland embraces the experiment" GONZO

04-12-2016

"Beautiful to watch, heavenly to hear." HUMO on Slumberland live at Het Bos

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15-04-2018

"Fascinating" LIVESTREAMMAGAZINE on Slumberland at Little Waves 2018

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08-04-2018

"A raw, murky thunderbolt, an utterly bewitching onslaught of restless rattles and drums with a hefty post-punk vibe…" INDIESTYLE on Slumberland live

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12-02-2018

"A tribal party...to dance to forever" ARTNOIR on Slumberland live at OOAM 2018

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12-11-2017

"Slumberland embraces the experiment" GONZO

album
10-09-2017

Nico Kennes (Barely Autumsn) recommends Slumberland on LUMINOUS DASH

live
04-12-2016

"Beautiful to watch, heavenly to hear." HUMO on Slumberland live at Het Bos

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15-07-2014

"Riveting, dark, cinematic, in other words, a sublime concert" GONZO on Slumberland live at Het Bos

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12-03-2014

"A dark, industrial variant of Americana" GONZO

album
06-12-2013

"Here’s to the distinctive, bone-chilling growl and the dark, alternative, hypnotic sound
of Slumberland" RIFRAF

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SLUMBERLAND live session

SLUMBERLAND - MONTAGNARD

"Free Dive" by Slumberland (Excerpt live at OOAM)

Slumberland - Live at Mind Your Head

SLUMBERLAND - Live at De Koer

SLUMBERLAND - no man's land

Slumberland - Hunting, Hunting

SLUMBERLAND LIVE ON ICARUS.FM

SLUMBERLAND - LIVE AT PSYCH LAB 2016

SLUMBERLAND - TIGHTROPE WALKER

SLUMBERLAND - HUNTING HUNTING (LIVE)

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