░ Watch You Sleeping ░
While Mark Kozelek’s uprising over the past couple of years has led to some of his most forthright and penetrable work, Kozelek has a way with words, or perhaps more so his voice, that seemingly could bend a day in its axis, to shift the entire atmosphere of wherever you happened to find yourself listening to the track, ‘Watch You Sleeping‘.
Whether Blue Foundation had this in mind while working on this new collaborative effort – their most considered and graceful touch weaves a striking backdrop for Kozelek’s voice to fall in upon.
The project of Brooklyn based producer and songwriter Tobias Wilner and Copenhagen’s multi-instrumentalist and producer Bo Rande deliver something distinctly special here; the soft run of keys seem to bend in the wind, while the quiet pulse of the synths, with added dashes of half-buried samples, add even greater weight to Kozelek’s most sympathetic vocal, helping to conjure up an almost overwhelming sense of despondency; an isolated foreboding that builds itself up somewhere in the chest and simply stays there, brooding and unshakeable.
“Watch You Sleeping” is one of the most quietly powerful, furiously evocative, tracks that 2016 produced. Beautifully constructed and plagued by a human warmth that makes the whole piece so much more affecting, it makes for an incredibly special three-minutes