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Slaapwel Records is a small record label specialized in music to fall asleep to. Often I find myself lying awake in bed, not sleepy enough to fall asleep, not lively enough to keep doing stuff. I figured it would be good if there was more music that soundtracks the thin border between being asleep and lying awake, deliberately choosing the sleepy side of things. So I set out, looking for people that would be good at making mind-soothing songs. I ask them to write a sleep-inducing record, I listen to it, and when I fail to reach the end because I fell asleep, I release it as a musical record. All artists are various people I met through the years, different yet all connected with their unique talent. I think they are very good at making "boring" music. This is not an insult. I love their music to death and I think they are all very capable of making wonderful sleep-inducing songs. In any case, don't make too much of it. It is all just good fun. Sleepy fun.
 

Demo Policy

We're really humbled by all the requests for releasing a record. It's very flattering you think Slaapwel could be a good home, but, in all honesty: if you made an album and you're looking for a label to release it: Slaapwel can't do that for you. Slaapwel only releases albums specifically made for people to fall asleep to. Much like scientists, we do a test with each submission before releasing it. If you want to make something special, feel free to send it over. We promise we'll try it out, if it works, we'll get back to you, if it doesn't, we prefer staying quiet because it is no fun to say it didn't work. :-) 


Sunday
Dec132009

Some Pictures of the Labelnights

The labelnights were awesome! I might write a more elaborate review of that later. Here are three pictures of the room, right before the audience was allowed to get in. I didn't take any pictures during the concerts/night for the simple reason that the sound of my shutter was louder than the music! (Also, these pictures are a lot brighter than the actual lighting in the room). It was lovely. Hopefully we can do this again some time ...

Wednesday
Dec092009

A New Release by Peter Broderick

 

We’re rather happy to present you with another wonderful addition to the Slaapwel Records set. Peter Broderick is a talented musician to say the least. He knows how to make wonderful folk songs (“Home”), hauntingly beautiful piano & string compositions (“Float”) and he rocks the violin with Efterklang. But is he also up to the task of making music to fall asleep to? You betcha!

With “Music for a Sleeping Sculpture of Peter Broderick” he delivers the goods. Upon hearing this slow-paced work for vocals, piano and field recordings, I immediately decided this would be an indispensable part of my nighty night set. Toothbrush, pyjama’s, Lars (my secret teddy bear) and "Music for a ..." ! That’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s one long 30 minute piece that slowly evolves and really draws you into the breathtaking dreamworld of Peter Broderick.

This time we’ve made 500 copies. It comes in a hand assembled package with a high quality CD and 3 inserts in a beautiful cardboard box with a picture of a sleeping sculpture of Peter Broderick. You can get yours through the slaapwel records store. Thanks to modern technology, you can download and listen to it immediately if you buy the CD for 10€.  Click this link for a sample, some pictures and shipping options. If you run into problems or if you have any question at all, just send us an e-mail through the contact page.

The record will be shipped next Monday. People who attend the slaapwel records labelnights in Leuven will be able to get it there.

Sunday
Nov222009

Awake

We signed up at bandcamp to make the whole slaapwel records backcatalogue available in flac and/or mp3 format. Every download includes a more than hi-quality scan of the artwork as well as high quality sound files. To access/preview any past slaapwel record release, point your browser to http://slaapwel.bandcamp.com.

 

Friday
Nov132009

Asleep

The slaapwel records site is under construction for a short while. It's online and running (as you can see) - but it's being worked on as we speak, so you might encounter some quirky behaviour. There's a new release and a double labelnight due in december. If you're interested in obtaining Greg Haines - Komarovo - send an e-mail to slaapwelrecords@gmail.com. There are only a few copies left.

Thanks!

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