Here’s the self-titled debut LP of Ssleeping Desiress, aka San Francisco coldwave artist and snake Gabriel Ramos. The album follows a 7” released in 2012, so this has been some time coming. Solid pastiche production rounds off the sinister tunes, with rumbling bass, sharp guitars, tinny drum machines and the gaudy, over-pronounced drama of Ramos’ voice.
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Another really stupidly spelt name leading to endless searching on the site trying to find the record. Nothing wrong with Sleeping Desires. Nothing.
Musically it hails from 1982 with lots of atmospheric the Cure like guitars meshing with foreboding synths. I wait all the way through opener 'Interior Lives' for a Peter Murphy style vocal to appear yet nothing happens so skipping to 'We Need' and Gabriel Ramos' rather soft voice comes into play. He's another of the seemingly endless barrage of kids locked in their bedrooms in San Francisco emulating the sounds of post punk Manchester. I've heard all this before thousands and thousands of times but I have to admit Ramos is really good at creating atmospheres with his guitar and synth and drum machine. Vocally he's about as spellbinding as Momus but it doesn't really matter as the record is all about perfectly recreating the chilling atmospheres of 80s synth and darkwave and staring over flat fields whilst wearing a really long cloak.
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