mr. Gnome premieres new song “Sleepwalker” — listen

From a new 7-inch of songs from the The Heart of a Dark Star sessions


Cleveland’s mr. Gnome delivered its fourth full-length collection of art-rock tunes, The Heart of a Dark Star, back in November. It was the first time the duo of Nicole Barille and Sam Meister had recorded an album all on their own, so it’s no surprise they had a few extra tracks lying around. (Well, that and the fact that they have a history of releasing B-side collections anyway.) They’ve picked two such songs up off the cutting room floor and put them together on a new 7-inch, Monster’s Heart.

As a first listen to the new tracks, the band has premiered the single’s A-side, “Sleepwalker”. Befitting the name, the song opens will a slow build of subtle synths and a muffled drumming, like a somnambulator rising slowly from their bed. Droning electronics hum along with strings to give a psychedelic impression that’s only heightened by the dream-like rise and fall of Barille’s vocals. It’s a catchier, poppier side of mr. Gnome, but one whose smart layering leaves no doubt that it’s the same talented team. Take a listen below.

Monster’s Heart is due digitally May 12th and on physical 7-inch June 16th from El Marko Records. Pre-orders, which feature a limited signed and numbered vinyl and a pack of three buttons, are going on here. mr. Gnome is back out on the road this spring and summer, and you can find their itinerary below.

mr. Gnome 2015 Tour Dates:
04/16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
04/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
04/18 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
04/21 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
04/22 – Walla Walla, WA @ Gesa Power House Theatre
04/24 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater
04/25 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
04/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
04/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
04/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
05/01 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
05/02 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
05/04 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
05/05 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/06 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
05/15 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
05/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
05/21 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
05/22 – Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob’s
05/23 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
05/27 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
05/28 – Nashville, TN @ The End
05/29 – Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
05/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

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