In its first few opening bars, “Sleepless” erupts into a twinkling galactic palette of harp strings, before the body-shuddering bass kicks in – just a snippet of the impressive new track from London-hailed Swiss-born rising producer Gaspar Narby.
Exploring that all-too universal phenomenon of those sleepless nights when your brain is in overdrive over some form of fleeting love, “Sleepless” showcases the producer’s talent for crafting ethereal textures and melting soundscapes in his downtempo electronica. Uplifting and haunting in the same listen, the instant classic features the lyrical and vocal talents of LEES. And the visuals are a technicolour fever dream, where the crackle of the television is the only distraction from a listless and endless night of obsessing over a new love.
“We shot the video for Sleepless on my brother’s couch,” explains Gaspar. “LEES couldn’t make it last minute, so my girlfriend stepped in. She had just planned to come help prepare the set and was all of a sudden in front of the camera. Thankfully she had listened to the demo of the song 300 times and was able to lip-sync perfectly. Elaine Xu made an absolutely amazing set, creating such a beautiful retro vibe. I think director Henry Russel’s editing really encapsulates the feeling of being stuck somewhere, which the song is about. Multiple versions of the main character intertwine without ever interacting, underlining her loneliness. It feels like time has melted. On the set, we realised how the video also resonated with our experiences of confinement at the beginning of the year.”
Listen to “Sleepless” below…