Drowse (2)

Real Name:
Kyle Bates
Drowse is the work of Portland, OR artist Kyle Bates.

Following an EP and LP, "Memory Bed" was largely written and recorded using one microphone, a laptop and an acoustic guitar during a Summer spent working in Zamora, Spain. While traveling, Bates found himself returning to the dark sounds from around his home for inspiration--music of the Pacific Northwest such as Grouper, Mount Eerie, Velvet Cacoon, and Unwound. Organs and synths ooze from crackling guitars, noise groans in the distance and swallows voices; the sound mirrors the feeling of wandering unfamiliar landscapes, both outside and internally. Drowse also co-wrote two songs on Miserable's "Uncontrollable" LP ("Stay Cold" and "Salt Water").

"Memory Bed" plays with themes of detachment and memory and their relationship to the "self" from the perspective of someone who has suffered dissociative experiences. Heavily influenced by writers like Roland Barthes and Sarah Manguso, drowse works with ideas of “the self as text”, “making the personal public” and allowing space for the paradox to create new meaning. Maya Stoner of Portland band Sabonis lends her voice to every song and contributes lyrics to “Memory”. Her lyrics reflect on experiences with Bates; these lyrics are refracted in the song “Break”. “i” continues to explore the topic with the intent of all drowse recordings: to glimpse the unknowable self, to express the inexpressible through sound.
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AV020 Drowse (2) - Soon Asleep album art Drowse (2) Soon Asleep(Cass, Album, Ltd) Apneicvoid AV020 US 2015 Sell This Version
FR80 Drowse (2) - Cold Air album art Drowse (2) Cold Air (Album) Flenser Records FR80 US 2018 Sell This Version
FR95 Drowse (2) - Light Mirror album art Drowse (2) Light Mirror (Album) Flenser Records FR95 US 2019 Sell This Version
none Drowse (2) - Second Self album art Drowse (2) Second Self(LP, MiniAlbum, W/Lbl) Flenser Records none US 2019 Sell This Version
WRS014 Drowse (2) - Drowse / Amulets album art Drowse (2) / Amulets Drowse (2) / Amulets - Drowse / Amulets(Cass, Ltd) Whited Sepulchre WRS014 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Drowse (2) - Songs To Sleep album art Drowse (2) Songs To Sleep(Cass, EP) Television Records (2) none US 2013 Sell This Version
NATIVE 030 Drowse (2) - Memory Bed album art Drowse (2) Memory Bed (EP) The Native Sound NATIVE 030 US 2016 Sell This Version


GWR09 Drowse (2) - Split album art Drowse (2) & Jesse Keating / Planning For Burial Drowse (2) & Jesse Keating / Planning For Burial - Split Glowing Window Recordings GWR09 US 2018 Sell This Version