the second album by musicforvoyeurs, The Long Sleep picks up from the wintery gloom of before, an introspective trap of despair and not wanting to wake up when depression hits hard. it is the sound of giving up on life but without the courage, a coward’s lament to a failed existence. musicforvoyeurs’ debut album was acclaimed as “fantastic opiate opera… delightfully maudlin…. a masterclass in ambient atmospherics and moody intoxication ” and The Long Sleep drifts along with Harold Budd and Bill Conti, Goldmund and Simon Gallup’s straggling bass. The Long Sleep is religion and pianos, violins, mountain stags and dawn birds, the scratch of a zither and crying babies.
musicforvoyeurs began on morphine and crutches, when rick ended up in hospital after the death of his girlfriend. as he learnt how to walk again, he taught himself the piano and found his old guitars from a lifetime ago, something to get him through a lonely london winter. awake all night, he found comfort in the lost souls of a darkened world where no one sleeps, just the sound of religious zealots begging to save you at four in the morning through the television screen. musicforvoyeurs is melancholy and loss, unrequited love, death and the sadness of fading passion, the sound of sparklehorse’s spirit haunting eluvium’s loops, the boards of canada snorting mephedrone with the cure.
American label everything is chemical asked musicforvoyeurs to write their 50th release. here it is, along with an online, cross atlantic collaboration with the composer docile