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Ghost Canyon

Title - Awake Sleeper
Artist - Amy Jay

For those not in the know, having earned critical applause for her melancholy indie folk, Amy Jay now makes a remarkable leap forward with an evocative and absorbing debut album, Awake Sleeper.

With striking candor and unadorned imagery, the Florida-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter surveys profound emotional terrain with a paradoxically lush sonic approach.

Exploring the boundaries between acoustic and synthetic, minimalist and ornate, Awake Sleeper echoes a breathtaking cross pollination of deeply personal songcraft, surprising textures, and hypnotic soundscapes.

“I want the listener to feel suspended in an outer calm and inner angst,” says Jay. “To go back to formative memories, to relive the sensory experiences that shaped them, and empower them to delve deep and process those emotions head on.”

1. Lucid Dreaming
2. Reliance
3. Commute
4. Call My Name
5. Inner Critic
6. Monster
7. Bide My Time
8. Sorrow
9. Remember
10. Self Deprecation

This rather opulent, at times translucent thread of pure musical gossamer opens on the dulcet sounds of trains (in general, an inspirational theme here), before launching into the jangling guitars of the rising Lucid Dreaming, and then comes the fluttering elegance of the relatable Reliance, which is followed by the harmonious storytelling of Commute, the emotively emphatic Call My Name and then the melodic, chiffon gauze of Inner Critic is brought forth.

Next up on this album - whose underlying theme is introspective anxiousness - the tonic expansion reveals itself in the form of the laceratingly unsettled ode found within the near six minute Monster, in which an experimental soundscape of textures and vocals are artfully grafted together, separated only by a spacey midway instrumental break - and which itself is backed by the honest, forthright Bide My Time, the soulful Sorrow, this, at times, formidably transcendent album rounding out on the languishing beauty of Remember, coming to a close on the emotional raw, lamenting Self Deprecation.

Recorded at Brooklyn’s Mason Jar Music with producer Jonathan Seale (Feist, Fleet Foxes, Aoife O’Donovan), Awake Sleeper marks Jay’s third official project and first full-length release following a pair of well-received EPs – 2016’s Supposed To Be and 2018’s So It Is – that earned her national acclaim and nearly 1M worldwide streams.

The album, sparked by wandering thoughts during Jay’s train commute, sees Jay juggling fragments of emotional memory with detailed scenes of the day-to-day.

Her lyrical stream of consciousness reveals imperceptible self-truths, subtly coalescing into something universal through interconnected themes of duality, sensory overload, and spirituality in an increasingly complex world.

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