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Teen Idle, Insomniac Dreams (Sunday Records).
When you wake, you're still in a dream...
Before I'd heard a note of Insomniac Dreams, Teen Idle's debut mini-album, I was already intrigued by Sara Abdelbarry's background notes and in particular one comment,
'What I've learned in the process of writing this, and it took me a long time to realise it, is that all the people who have treated me like shit have made me into a better and wiser person'.
It reads like the strapline for a debut novel, and as we should know by now, visceral feelings and naked honesty are always a good start as inspiration for music that really matters and actually deserves our time and attention.
Insomniac Dreams begins with a circling bass riff and a lyric that clues us into the territory ahead, 'you know it's hard to say goodbye...' "In The Morning" demonstrates Teen Idle's ability to let a song uncoil at a deceptively relaxed pace until it snaps back and you find you're hypnotised, welcome flickers of post-punk guitar texture undercutting the dream-pop soundscape.
Woozy sound affects herald "Sometimes" a song wielding it's ecstatic sadness with a stately dignity, massed guitars chiming towards the wordless conclusion.
"Memories" feels like the long painful walk away, when there are tears in your eyes but against the odds from somewhere you feel a determination to move on, the blazing guitar in the song's coda mixing with Sara's multi-tracked vocals until the moment of epiphany is reached. This is how catharsis works...
Insomniac Dreams is a nuanced, subtle record that becomes more compelling with each encounter.
All you have to do is make the time to listen.
- by Simon Heavisides
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I started writing the first few songs for this EP in October 2018, not knowing they'd even become part of anything. I was just trying to process what was going on in my life at the time, and the songs seemed to have a powerful effect on me when I'd listen back to them. It's insane to think how long it's been since I wrote the first song that would become part of this EP, which is " The Haze."
I look at how much I've grown as a person and a songwriter in the past year and am grateful to have had all the experiences that inspired this EP, many of them emotionally draining.
What I've learned in the process of writing this -- and it took me a long time to realize it -- is that all the people who have treated me like shit have made me into a better and wiser person. I used to idealize certain people so much that I was blinded by the person they really were. I'm grateful for these songs for helping me make sense of that.
Written by Sara Abdelbarry
Produced by Sara, Jon Leidersdorff, and Max Connery ("Sometimes" and "Memories" produced by Sara)
Recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios and Sara's house
Mastered by Tim Pannella
"Dreaming" and "The Haze":
Mixed by Tim Pannella
"In the Morning" and "Love Is A Matchstick":
Mixed by Tim Pannella; additional mixing by Nick Semanchik
"Sometimes" and "Memories":
Mixed by Nick Semanchik