While listening to Sleep ∞ Over, the brain in humans and other mammals experience periodic intervals of dreaming, hallucinations, and other murky forms of brain activity. Forever, the debut LP from Austin-based Stefanie Franciotti, is a record of pastoral psychedelia, swirling texture, and unforgettable vocal strains, combining both synth landscapes and pop architecture to create an unfolding sense of yearning. Her voice weaves in and out of brethren synth and guitar timbres, unfolding over time outlined by minimal drum machine pulse, creating tape-saturated pop gems and ominous moments of synth shimmer that recall both dream pop and industrial urgency. Her synth work tends towards the warbly atmospheres – they bend and fuse like crusts of dried REM tears – and the songs have a dusty arc, with stark melodies that recall the spacious melancholia of Julee Cruise. Forever possesses an earthy, melting quality, reflecting Stefanie’s Texan roots in HD – hi-fi meets lo-fi, night meets day – dreams documented in brilliant long player fashion.
Sleep ∞ Over is primarily a solo project, but Stefanie is joined by a live band on tour, comprised of fellow Austin psych jammers Christine Aprile, Eli Welbourne, and Jesse Jenkins.
- words from Norman Clay
Written and Produced by Stefanie Franciotti.
Mixed and Produced by Al Carlson.