Black Cat Found

by Sleep Out

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It’s been four years since Sleep Out released its sophomore album, Not Even Dust— an ode penned by songwriter Quinn Goodwillie to Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. The album’s macabre subject matter intrinsically connected with Sleep Out’s-brand of dream pop, leading Sound Opinion’s Jim DeRogatis to call Not Even Dust “one of the strongest indie-pop discs to emerge from the underground music scene in the new millennium.”

As it is, Not Even Dust is a fall album, but their follow up—which emerges about 49 full moons later—is summer personified. Black Cat Found is warm and breezy, like a June night driving around the city; everything sounds better with the windows down. The airiness of Black Cat Found, is not surprising: In the time between recording the two albums, one baby was born, three members got married and two babies are due at the end of the summer. Goodwillie says, “I think overall, that crazy amount of good fortune and happiness has made this a much more upbeat and optimistic album than Not Even Dust.”

This is shoegaze, looking in the opposite direction.

“Hammers and Veils” sounds like lost Darklands-era Jesus and Mary Chain—fitting, as that’s when the latter band also followed up the sullen with the more “sunny”—and the album’s standout single, “Ether Ore,” is a lush and loud head-rocker, while instrumental “1000” emerges like a dawn on that early summer day, segueing into the album’s final six minutes with the ethereal slowburn, “Leelanau.”

For the return of Sleep Out, the band teamed up with producer and Badman Recording Co label owner Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Starf*cker) at Type Foundry studios in Portland, OR. Returning to Chicago, the band continued the recording process with producer Mike Lust (Tight Phantomz, William Elliot Whitmore) at Phantom Manor Studios, completing 5 of the album’s tracks which included enhancing songs that Goodwillie had recorded in his home studio.

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released June 25, 2012

Sleep Out – Black Cat Found
All songs by Sleep Out. All words by Quinn Goodwillie. All Rights Reserved © 2012, Echoic (ASCAP)
Recorded by Dylan Magierek at Type Foundry Studios (Portland, OR), Mike Lust at Phantom Manor (Chicago, IL) and Quinn Goodwillie at Guest Room (Evanston, IL).
Produced by Mike Lust, Dylan Magierek and Sleep Out
Quinn Goodwillie – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Pete Croke – Bass guitar
Ben Geier – Drums and percussion
Sam Grant – Guitar
Eddie Lo – Keyboards
Spiritual advisement by Nate Bartley. Additional guitars on “Leelanau” by Kevin J. Frank.
Black Cat Found is dedicated with love to our family and friends.

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Track Name: Black Cat Found
I’m not scared of you anymore on this go around I’m the black cat found and those who come between us they don’t know whatever’s got you down is when I’m not around and if you think you’ve seen too much close your eyes when it’s enough I’ll hold my hand up to your heart we’ll let it stop we’ll let it start

I’m not scared of you anymore as long as you will tell the truth and we will remember if years go on when you came around the black cat found and if you think you’ve seen too much close your eyes when it’s enough I put my hand up to your heart we’ll let it stop we’ll let it start I’m not scared of you anymore as long as you will love me too
Track Name: Ether Ore
No matter where you are it is no worse than where you have been my love and always here with me my love and you’ve come from so far plucked from the ether and now the world is yours my love the whole world is yours my love from this dreamy shore where the lazy gulls can’t number more than the beauties of this world and what you’ll find if darkness always lags a step behind remember no matter where you are it is no worse than where you have been my love and always here with me my love and you’ve come from so far plucked from the ether and now the world is yours my love the whole world is yours my love In a dream where buffalo tore the earth down to the core seems like anything with beauty won’t last long but don’t trouble yourself now you’re far too young remember
Track Name: Our Way Down
How many times will you get carried away and come back to stay without warning I positioned myself in
a way that would make it nearly impossible for you and I to fall out we started crossing the alps ten years ago I was younger and in ten years I’ll be younger than now this town changed a long time ago don’t be the last one left don’t miss your invitation to move if we could find a way to never come back that’d be all right how many times will you get carried away and come back to stay without warning I positioned myself in a way that would make it nearly impossible for you and I to fall out we started crossing the alps please don’t come back
Track Name: Go Wrong
I found a little light and I took too much I couldn’t help but try it was dark enough where did we go wrong I had a little life seemed short enough I couldn’t help but try it was dark enough where did we go wrong
Track Name: Hammers & Veils
We’re only in this world for so many days we only have this world for so many days I want to run to you I only show my love in so many ways under your watchful eye in so many ways I want to run to you and like a fever dream that goes on for days and ghostly images they tend to replay I want to run you we’re only in this world for so many days we only have this world for so many days I want to run to you
Track Name: Happens Everyday
Well this isn’t practice we keep track of everything I’ve been following you so long if we’re only actors and the only action is to live and love and die I don’t want to fall for you so easy I want to live and finally say so long it happens everyday it’s overwhelming to live through everything and dream it all again this isn’t practice it starts and passes between your first breath and your last I don’t want to fall for you so easy I want to live and finally say so long it happens everyday
Track Name: Missing
Something’s missing two sweet voices nothing’s ideal in this world but you can make it wonderful I know you know let’s play our missing game nothing’s wrong everyday our missing game nothing’s wrong always hope for something good something too good to lose nothing’s unchanged in this world but you make it worth losing I know you know let’s play our missing game nothing’s wrong everyday our missing game nothing’s wrong
Track Name: 1000
(Robins/ Cardinals / Red-Winged Blackbirds)
Track Name: Leelanau
Come to me from deep darkened woods to see that I still have nothing to give to you endlessly your hand extends to me and I still have nothing to give to you if I said that all the things that keep me awake don’t come to me during the day when I’m with you well that’s not true come to me where white birch stand endlessly and I still have nothing to give to you in this haze of bows that will burn and blaze and I still have nothing to give to you if I said that all the things that keep me awake don’t come to me during the day when I’m with you well that’s not true