Man Sleeps to Forget
Probably one of today's most exportable French acts, Sojo Glider has been the playground of three boys and a girl who grew up to the shimmering sounds of British and Australian cult bands. After a first stateside release, 'Tales from the Urban Constellation' (2003), they flew to England to record their sophomore effort 'Vibrating & Amplified' (2005) with one of their favourite producers, Dare Mason (The Church, Placebo...), eventually gaining a bit of attention in their home country where they toured extensively to promote the release. Sojo Glider then flew to New-York to record a third album (and arguably their finest to date) 'Man Sleeps to Forget', the fruit of a chaotic collaboration with the great Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith...). The Kingston sessions quickly took an unexpected turn indeed, with the producer getting witch-hunted and the studio threatened with closing-down by some hostile puritanical surroundings, which compelled the band to leave. Dismantling and moving all of the equipment was part of the experience, leaving no trace of an actual studio after refurnishing the first floor to make it look like an ordinary home, hiding while an inspection took place, then relocating to finish recording within a tight schedule. No doubt you can hear some of that tension throughout the album, up to the vindictive 'Neighborhood', improvised under such circumstances.