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Clarks Summit alt rocker Sleeplore recalls ’90s nostalgia of ‘Ten Summers Ago’ in new single

Clarks Summit alt rocker Sleeplore recalls ’90s nostalgia of ‘Ten Summers Ago’ in new single
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From a press release:

As the summer draws to a close, Clarks Summit songwriter, producer, and alternative experimentalist Clyde Rosencrance is using his acclaimed solo project Sleeplore to look back on those seasonal memories.

“Ten Summers Ago,” his fifth single as Sleeplore, reflects on feelings of summers past, paying attention to particular moments in simpler times.

“The song is about looking back on life, recalling specific moments, and wanting to experience some of those things again,” Rosencrance explained. “I think it’s something I think we can all relate to.”

Rich with ’90s nostalgia, the track was released on all major streaming platforms today and features multi-platinum artist Anthony J. Resta on additional guitars and modular synth, along with mastering from multi-Grammy Award winner Brian Lucey.

“This song began years ago when I recorded a few fuzzy guitar parts in my parents basement. I subsequently recorded some bass and drums there and, while I loved it, it sat for years. Having resurrected it and breathing new life into it, it’s taken on a whole new sound,” he recalled.

“Growing up, I had a lot of musical influences. In my teens, I listened to a lot of distorted guitar heavy music like Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and The Melvins. ‘Ten Summers Ago’ captures that over-the-top, thick guitar type of sound, with a bit of noise and imperfection, and brings me to a place where I remember those long summers that were carefree.”

He admitted that he was “a bit nervous” to release this single, as it stands in stark contrast to his previous work that caught the attention of major publications like Alternative Press that named Sleeplore one of “10 unsigned emo bands to keep an eye on in 2021.”

“This one is so different from everything I’ve released so far under the ‘Sleeplore’ name. As opposed to being subtle and complex, it’s a bit more loud and heavy. I chose it because even though it sounds so different, I felt like there was still a common thread for this project and I’ve always loved it!” he said.

“Some of my biggest influences were loud, abrasive, noisy rock bands. I think there is a beauty in the loudness and chaos that’s just different.”

Sleeplore often calls on elements of discovery and the comfort of isolation. Weaving a thread to combine hypnagogic visions with a contrived production style, the project offers listeners a sonic template from which they can contemplate their own unique stories.

This enveloping soundscape of dark, atmospheric rock is influenced by artists like Sparklehorse, Sigur Ros, The National, Radiohead, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, and The Stills. Listeners will appreciate the mixture of familiar rock-song structure with more immersive elements that pull those listening into a contemplative state.

Sleeplore’s debut single, “Let Go,” was released at the end of 2020, but Rosencrance’s formal tenure in music spans about a 15-year period. Throughout that time, the Dalton resident has released several collaborative works from the raw college rock and alternative sounds of The Magdalyns (dubbed “skeleton rock”) to more contemporary rock and roots-based sounds like OurAfter and the Dalton 45’s. He has shared the stage with an eclectic array of notable artists, such as Yellowcard, The Roots, Everclear, Flyleaf, The Ataris, and Dispatch, among others.

Rosencrance has also produced many other musicians, both independently as well as through his personal facility, Republic Audio Studio in Clarks Summit, which was named Studio of the Year at the 2020 Steamtown Music Awards in Scranton. Notable regional artists he has recorded include The Holtzmann Effect, Soul Satellite, Royal Hell, Days in Transit, Black Hole Heart, The Mange, Black Nihil, These Idol Hands, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, JP Williams Blues Band, Timothy Zieger, Mara Katria, and Butch Frable. Often referred to as a “fifth member of the band,” he helps drive their vision to realization and adds certain elements that offer a sonic signature.

Photos by Keith Perks/1120 Studios