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

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Tour History

Date Band Location
06-04-2019 Nona SLUMBERLAND Mechelen
04-04-2019 De Casino SLUMBERLAND Sint-Niklaas
09-03-2019 Ter Dilft SLUMBERLAND Bornem
01-03-2019 N9 SLUMBERLAND Eeklo
24-02-2019 De Living SLUMBERLAND Heist op den Berg
23-02-2019 Peel Slowly & See Festival SLUMBERLAND Leiden, NL
07-02-2019 Vooruit (+ Jerusalem In My Heart) SLUMBERLAND Gent
06-02-2019 Het Bos (+ Jerusalem In My Heart) SLUMBERLAND Antwerpen
02-02-2019 Beursschouwburg (+ Jerusalem In My Heart) SLUMBERLAND Brussel
31-01-2019 MENT SLUMBERLAND Ljubljana, SLO

Press

09-07-2019

"When The Frozen Lake Starts To Sing" live for RED BULL MUSIC

06-02-2019

★★★★ from HUMO for "Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter // See, See, See Drifter"

06-02-2019

"From industrial blues-a-billy to mechanically mutated crooner songs, neck to neck over a tarmac where every now and then Swans run too" Knack Focus on "Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter / See, See, See Drifter".

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05-08-2019

"More than exciting." ENOLA on Slumberland at AFF

live
04-08-2019

"Not just a concert, this became an experience..." LUMINOUSH DASH on Slumberland at AFF

live
29-07-2019

"This trio gave us every reason to be there again next time!" LUMINOUS DASH on Slumberland live in Ghent

live
09-07-2019

"When The Frozen Lake Starts To Sing" live for RED BULL MUSIC

onair
03-07-2019

Slumberland's in SIGNAAL/RUIS' Best of 2019 mid-year selection.

onair
25-04-2019

"A band to remember" LUMINOUS DASH on Slumberland's contribution to Sentimental's Mixtape #1

album
08-02-2019

"Murky? Yes! Enjoyable? Even more so!" ECHOES & DUST on Slumberland's new album

album
06-02-2019

★★★★ from HUMO for "Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter // See, See, See Drifter"

album
06-02-2019

"From industrial blues-a-billy to mechanically mutated crooner songs, neck to neck over a tarmac where every now and then Swans run too" Knack Focus on "Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter / See, See, See Drifter".

album
05-02-2019

“Something visceral and otherworldly.” DROWNED IN SOUND (UK) on Slumberland live at Ment

live
05-02-2019

"The results sound like Nick Cave, Swans and the aforementioned LAIBACH with extra ambiance and polyrhythms in there for good measure" Clash Magazine (UK) on Slumberland live at MENT

live
05-02-2019

Interview with Jochem Baelus & Radwan Mounmeh in HET BOS magazine

album
04-02-2019

"Fascinating Album" GONZO on Slumberland's new album

album
01-02-2019

"I think it is safe to say this thing rocks" TONESHIFT on Sea, Sea, Sea Drifter...

album
21-12-2018

Spooky voices, hypnotic, an intriguing dark atmosphere & a bluesy edge... INDIESTYLE on "Rashomon"

album
26-11-2018

"The highlight of the festival." MAKE A FUZZ on Slumberland at Explore The North

live
15-04-2018

"Fascinating" LIVESTREAMMAGAZINE on Slumberland at Little Waves 2018

live
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

live
12-02-2018

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

live
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

live
15-07-2014

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

live
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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Video 

Slumberland - When The Frozen Lake Starts To Sing

Slumberland - When The Frozen Lake Starts To Sing (Red Bull Music Session)

RASHOMON by SLUMBERLAND

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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