Allen Tate first received acclaim as the lead singer of San Fermin. Bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote about half of San Fermin’s songs for Tate’s distinctive baritone voice, which has been described as “sterling,” “gorgeous,” and “golden” by the likes of Rolling Stone and NPR. With the band, he has performed sold-out shows across the world and has shared the stage with The Arctic Monkeys, The National, St. Vincent, and alt-j. It was during a three-week stay in Copenhagen with the band that Tate began composing Sleepwalker, an album that addresses the isolation he felt while staying in a foreign country. “I didn’t know a soul and didn’t really interact with anyone,” he says. The album’s nine songs all “have something to do with feeling alone—physically alone, or… estranged.” Tate and Ludwig-Leone, who produced the record, tried to convey the sense of a “menacing bath: warm and enveloping, but with an element of anxiety.” Mixed by Matty Green (TV on the Radio, Yeasayer, Wild Belle), the album’s personnel also includes San Fermin’s Michael Hanf on drums and Tyler McDiarmid on guitar.
Lead single “Being Alone” succinctly captures the album’s essence, with melancholic wordplay and minimalist sounds that mirror Tate’s feelings of desolation in Denmark. Ornamented with flowing guitar arpeggios and bassy brass, the song provides an enticing taste of a full LP that shares honest observations of the many ways we often feel alone.
“Musically, Tate’s solo songs are simpler than the music of San Fermin; his attention is more lyrical than musical, though the textures and playing propel those words nicely here.” – Bob Boilen, NPR
RIYL: Bill Callahan, John Cale, Giant Sand, Antony & the Johnsons, Lee Hazelwood, San Fermin
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