Drowse (2)

Bürgerl. 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 Cover-Design Drowse (2) Soon Asleep(Cass, Album, Ltd) Apneicvoid AV020 US 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
Drowse (2) - Cold Air Cover-Design Drowse (2) Cold Air (Album) Flenser Records US 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
Drowse (2) - Light Mirror Cover-Design Drowse (2) Light Mirror (Album) Flenser Records US 2019 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

none Drowse (2) - Songs To Sleep Cover-Design Drowse (2) Songs To Sleep(Cass, EP) Television Records (2) none US 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
Drowse (2) - Memory Bed Cover-Design Drowse (2) Memory Bed (EP) The Native Sound US 2016 Diese Version verkaufen


Drowse (2) - Split Cover-Design Drowse (2) & Jesse Keating / Planning For Burial Drowse (2) & Jesse Keating / Planning For Burial - Split Glowing Window Recordings US 2018 Diese Version verkaufen