Sleeping

by Zach Schimpf

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Album Artwork by Chelsea Marchetti
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"Zach Schimpf produces easy-flowing pop that ranges from the fleeting guitar-led rock of “Movin’ Right Along” to the warm, synth-led twinkles of the more emotive “July”. The St. Louis-based producer and songwriter released his new album, Sleeping, just a few days ago. This is a mere six months after his previous album, Comfortable. Those album titles suggest a serene and blissful sound, which Schimpf produces on efforts like the hazy Radio Dept-inspired “Clairvoyant (Tiger’s Eye)”. But there are moments of hook-laden excitement as well, especially in the album’s first half. His relaxed and more energetic qualities are not simply separated by electronics and guitars, though. “Blinding” has a very active, synth-led arrangement with wistful synth sweeps reminiscent of Susumu Yokota. Several of Schimpf’s synths remind me of effects on a track like this one. And on “July”, a gently strummed guitar appears for a moment among the chaos, but is quickly supplanted by a blur of synth beeps that fit cohesively within the backbone’s soaring ambiance. Sleeping provides an appetizing mixture of guitar-led pop and synth soundscapes, which results in a quality electro-acoustic sound that shows off his promise well."
Obscure Sound (obscuresound.com)

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released September 10, 2012

Zach Schimpf, Alex Schimpf, Caleb Klingler, Seth Buehnerkemper, Spencer McDole

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Track Name: Breathing
you get so much for breathing
raindrops on your skin
little messages of life
and you're taking a quiet drive
because you can

maybe you will wake up
at noon or midnight
or search for dots in the sky
listening for something so deep
in veins and books and friends
and you get little but
fading lines and shapes

find good things
to feel good about
and keep breathing as long as you can
Track Name: Movin' Right Along
i've got soft skies
and clouds crawling by
and i've got life here
right in front of my eyes

i've got rough skin
and worn out vines
but i've got life here
right in front of my eyes
Track Name: Out of It
where have i been
i've been stuck in an old house
filled with people i used to like
and things i used to write
quit it
quit sleeping
it's no good
it's no good for you

where have you been today
you've been stuck on the moon
oh well
it's just time
and an old house
filled with people you used to hate
and things you used to say
quit it
quit sleeping
it's no good
it's no good for me
Track Name: July
i've been wondering lately
how things get to be
and fall into place
but then float far from me

i'd tie bricks to them
if i had the rope or the time
but with distance and days
come flaws in design

i'll be breaking my neck
just to find a warm face
ill be biting my tongue
just to satisfy taste
there's always time to fix
things slowing your pace
with sleep and some paint
you'll find those things that you erased

can i ask for some smiles
from strange colorful faces
or words with some life
from new uncharted places

but when you're sitting around
so still like a tree
you're eating up minutes
like you're shedding off leaves

you'll be breaking your neck
just to find a warm face
you'll be biting your tongue
just to satisfy taste
there's always time to fix
things slowing my pace
with sleep and some paint
i'll find the things that i erased

i'm just hoping i'll find you

with all this lead in my mouth
i keep wishing i'd find you
Track Name: Clairvoyant (Tiger's Eye)
look at that
your eyes are like deep craters
on the moon
there's no one else like you

look at that
your skin is like water
on the move
no one is like you
Track Name: Careless
i need a breath
a breath of fresh air
i need a walk
a walk without care

i watched your beath
your breath frozen in air
you could use a walk
a walk without care

i could use your breath
my lungs are out of air

could you walk with me
a walk without care
Track Name: Blinding
when you say that you are alright
i'm counting down the seconds in my head
but after days of waiting
your eyes glow brighter instead
Track Name: In Place
everything is right where it should be
i'd take a grain of now
over a pound of last week

this air
so gentle to me
it's whispers are
my breaths of relief

fresh eyes for a fresh start
and skies with smiles
like painted art

you'll be pullin' up soon enough
oh, ive been waiting far too long
spendin' money just to
make the seconds pass on
and on

layin' under a tree
yeah, i'm findin' new ways
to think

tuning some gears in my mind
yeah, i'm findin' new ways
to rewind

everything is right where it should be
i've got a grain of now
in a cup by the TV
Track Name: Cicadas
i feel good
laying on water
getting tired
with you

i feel good
walking on grass
getting tired
with you