Bristol lad Markland Starkie has a knack for crafting lush and ponderous tunes that undulate and shimmer in the recesses of your mind. Well done him. He does so under the moniker of Sleeping States, a project that has been steadily gaining momentum since its birth several years ago.
And he must be doing something right if Ed Droste (of Grizzly Bear fame) praised his 2006 song ‘Rivers/London Fields’ as his favourite of the year – which he did. Introspective musings on Kafka, heartbreak and other such topics from the confessional singer-songwriter handbook punctuate instrumentation reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky and Radiohead. If your interest is piqued, we suggest that you meander on over to your local record store to pick up a copy of his latest offering ‘In the Gardens of the North,’ out now on Speak N Spell.