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The Dawnseeker

by Sleepthief

Lush, female-fronted electronica with hints of world. celtic, pop and classical influences.
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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1. Eurydice (feat. Jody Quine)
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2. Desire of Ages (feat. Harland)
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3. You Did a Good Thing (feat. Nicola Hitchcock)
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4. Just Say It (feat. Kyoko Baertsoen)
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5. The Chauffeur (feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw)
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6. Tenuous (feat. Jody Quine)
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7. Sublunar (Sweet Angel) [feat. Kristy Thirsk]
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8. Nightjar (feat. Caroline Lavelle)
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9. Fire from Heaven (feat. Roberta Carter Harrison)
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10. The Metro (feat. Jerri Eckert)
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11. Kiss to Savor (feat. Jody Quine)
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12. Afterthoughts (feat. Lauren Edman)
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13. Entre Ciel Et Mer (feat. San.drine)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sleepthief is an electronic/vocal musical project of producer/composer Justin Elswick. Similar to Balligomingo and Delerium, Sleepthief combine pulsating rhythms, sonic string textures, synth vibes, and a bevy of eleven beautiful female vocalists to create an exhilerating listening experience. The expansive sound of The Dawnseeker is the product of two years of production and countless hours of lost sleep--and the end result is a compelling album that beckons to be heard. Engineered and co-produced by Israel Curtis, The Dawnseeker is sure to garner attention of fans of angelic vocals, sublime electronica and celestial soundscapes alike.


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Adam

Excellent
Its great to see one of my favorite albums on here. Seven years after its initial release, The Dawnseeker is still the future sound of the past.

Megan

Ethereal and Beautiful!
Eurydice is just the beginning of the beauties on this album! I originally purchased it after hearing Eurydice and was completely taken back by several other tracks. I loved so many of them at first listen, and others just continue to grow on you until the lyrics and harmony is etched into your heart. The best money you could possibly invest is to support Justin and this music! You won't listen to this album and walk away unchanged.

Rebecca Aswell

I can't stop listening to this!
I can't say anything, but nice things about Justin. He is a really nice person and extremely talented. I love the women he picks to sing on his tracks. It makes me want to be a better singer. I also strive that one day my music will be as beautifully haunting as his. So I first discovered Sleepthief on my Withing Temptation pandora station. When I realized I loved every song of his, I had to search him out more. I made a station of his own and listen to it the most that introduces me to many other great artist. I have been listening to this album almost non stop since I bought it earlier this year. It really lifts my day as I am walking on campus and just look at the world around. His music works for everything. The same song can be true when I am sad and makes me happy at the same time. You will not be disappointed in buying this album and I can't wait to buy anything else he puts his name on, because I know it will be pure musical genius. I really love his music and his music videos on youtube are great. As far as the album is concerned, I love almost every song on this album. And some songs not so much, but I love in their own special way. And some songs you grow to love the more you listen to anyway. What I am trying to say is, Sleepthief is amazing and you should buy everything he has. He deserves it.

Chrissy Hill-Watson

Beautiful melodies and deeply profound lyrics
I have been a fan of this genre of music for a number of years now and never tire of it. Sleepthief would be one of my absolute favourites,

I have had this album for some time now and come back to it time and again. It has a quality of depth i can lose myself in in and the beautiful female vocals just make the whole album a delight to listen to. If I had to pick a favourite it would be 'Sublunar' it makes me want to cry when I hear it. Sleepthief creates some beautiful melodies and this is a superb album all round.

Luisa

The Dawnseeker
Label : Neurodisc Records

Review by Luisa Mercier



After falling in love with their latest release, “Labyrinthine Heart”, I decided to listen carefully to their previous one, “The Dawnseeker”. First of all, let me spend a word or maybe more on the graphic artwork. It is something so beautifully crafted, never seen such an amazing design for a CD. The content is amazing as well. If I should compare the two albums. I’d say that this is more introspective, more emotional and relaxing, while “Labyrinthine Heart” is enriched with some lively moments. This morning my emotional standpoint is such I could write easily about this piece of art. It starts with “Eurydice”, apparently inspired to the Greek myth. Soft, delicate, caresses your ears and your soul. Also the video is one of the most well shot I have ever watched. An Eastern ethnic feeling introduces “Desires of Ages”. The orchestrations and the drums are thick on the usual lush background which provides the perfect environment for the lovely female vocals. “You Did a Good Thing” is maybe the only sad song in the Sleepthief’s discography. The others are quite melanchonic, nostalgic, but always with a sparkle of hope. This one is just sad. It moves me a lot. You did a good thing, you did, it’s a past tense. You tried to save her, it didn’t work, you have not to regret. That’s the message I get every time. ”Just Say It” is slightly more upbeat and electronic than the previous ones. The chorus is memorable, it’s one of those moments which made me love Sleepthief, one of those things which raise your soul. Cover song time. The chosen one is “The Chaffeur”, originally by Duran Duran. I already listened to other bands covering this song (the Italian The LoveCrave for example) but this is the best by far. It’s a nice pop-rock arrangement with electronic background which shows the range of styles Sleepthief can play. Love Kirsty Hawkshaw’s vocals in the and how they blend with the more upbeat music. Following we find “Tenuous”, a gentler ballad, with vastly reaching orchestral-style arrangements. Listen for her soaring harmony layers throughout. Tension builds in the verse and is perfectly released in the lush chorus. Once again, the video shot for this song is really worth watching. One of my favourite is “Sublunar (Sweet Angel)”. It starts with a suspicious pace, soaring afterwards, sweetly coming to the beautiful “Hush, hush, hush”. I love how the different vocal layers are mixed, it gives an heavenly feeling. “Nightjar” is a dark, brooding and bluesy ballad, perfectly suited for the singer’s distinctive voice. Strings, percussion and electronics blend perfectly against the solo vocal line. I am still asking myself if “Fire from Heaven” refers again to Greek Mythology, to Prometheus to be precise who stole fire from Olympus. It’s quite clear that Justin Elswick has a thing for Ancient Greece. The song is a mid paced one with an ironic atmosphere, which makes it unique. “The Metro” is another cover song. Maybe this is the most club oriented track, with its upbeat and danceable aura. “Kiss to Savor” is maybe the most stunning song on this album. Featuring the vocals of Jody Quine, is lushous, sensual, sexy, perfect for romantic or something more moment. Harmony layers echo while the melody built alongside is powerfully delivered. Afterthoughts is a rhythmic and Celtic influenced number, most reminiscent of Enya‘s music in many ways. The voice is crystalline throughout–in lead and lush, multi-tracked harmony–layers. The verse is delivered very delicately against light electronics. The chorus is rich, rhythmic and layered with vocals coming at the listener from every direction. A masterpiece. “Entre Ciel et Mer”, the closer of the album, is the French version of “You Did a Good Thing”. Don’t’ know if it’s the language, but it sounds more hopeful like looking outside the window in a sunny day although having pain in the heart. I recommend to listen both of the Sleepthief albums, they have always something to offer to your heart and soul.

GLENN

MY FAVORITE
Sublunar (Sweet Angel), Eurydice, Nightjar , Fire from Heaven..... Love these...... The whole album is
amazing !!! Glad to be able to purchase the CD's....... This group & all of it's amazing singers is incredible

Luisa

The Dawnseeker
Label : Neurodisc Records

Review by Luisa Mercier



After falling in love with their latest release, “Labyrinthine Heart”, I decided to listen carefully to their previous one, “The Dawnseeker”. First of all, let me spend a word or maybe more on the graphic artwork. It is something so beautifully crafted, never seen such an amazing design for a CD. The content is amazing as well. If I should compare the two albums. I’d say that this is more introspective, more emotional and relaxing, while “Labyrinthine Heart” is enriched with some lively moments. This morning my emotional standpoint is such I could write easily about this piece of art. It starts with “Eurydice”, apparently inspired to the Greek myth. Soft, delicate, caresses your ears and your soul. Also the video is one of the most well shot I have ever watched. An Eastern ethnic feeling introduces “Desires of Ages”. The orchestrations and the drums are thick on the usual lush background which provides the perfect environment for the lovely female vocals. “You Did a Good Thing” is maybe the only sad song in the Sleepthief’s discography. The others are quite melanchonic, nostalgic, but always with a sparkle of hope. This one is just sad. It moves me a lot. You did a good thing, you did, it’s a past tense. You tried to save her, it didn’t work, you have not to regret. That’s the message I get every time. ”Just Say It” is slightly more upbeat and electronic than the previous ones. The chorus is memorable, it’s one of those moments which made me love Sleepthief, one of those things which raise your soul. Cover song time. The chosen one is “The Chaffeur”, originally by Duran Duran. I already listened to other bands covering this song (the Italian The LoveCrave for example) but this is the best by far. It’s a nice pop-rock arrangement with electronic background which shows the range of styles Sleepthief can play. Love Kirsty Hawkshaw’s vocals in the and how they blend with the more upbeat music. Following we find “Tenuous”, a gentler ballad, with vastly reaching orchestral-style arrangements. Listen for her soaring harmony layers throughout. Tension builds in the verse and is perfectly released in the lush chorus. Once again, the video shot for this song is really worth watching. One of my favourite is “Sublunar (Sweet Angel)”. It starts with a suspicious pace, soaring afterwards, sweetly coming to the beautiful “Hush, hush, hush”. I love how the different vocal layers are mixed, it gives an heavenly feeling. “Nightjar” is a dark, brooding and bluesy ballad, perfectly suited for the singer’s distinctive voice. Strings, percussion and electronics blend perfectly against the solo vocal line. I am still asking myself if “Fire from Heaven” refers again to Greek Mythology, to Prometheus to be precise who stole fire from Olympus. It’s quite clear that Justin Elswick has a thing for Ancient Greece. The song is a mid paced one with an ironic atmosphere, which makes it unique. “The Metro” is another cover song. Maybe this is the most club oriented track, with its upbeat and danceable aura. “Kiss to Savor” is maybe the most stunning song on this album. Featuring the vocals of Jody Quine, is lushous, sensual, sexy, perfect for romantic or something more moment. Harmony layers echo while the melody built alongside is powerfully delivered. Afterthoughts is a rhythmic and Celtic influenced number, most reminiscent of Enya‘s music in many ways. The voice is crystalline throughout–in lead and lush, multi-tracked harmony–layers. The verse is delivered very delicately against light electronics. The chorus is rich, rhythmic and layered with vocals coming at the listener from every direction. A masterpiece. “Entre Ciel et Mer”, the closer of the album, is the French version of “You Did a Good Thing”. Don’t’ know if it’s the language, but it sounds more hopeful like looking outside the window in a sunny day although having pain in the heart. I recommend to listen both of the Sleepthief albums, they have always something to offer to your heart and soul.

Jason

My Favourite CD
My favourite Sleepthief cd, it's on repeat most days. Eurydice is one of the most gorgeous songs I've heard, and the other tracks are pretty incredible too.

Michael S.

An introduction to
This was the first SLEEPTHIEF album I was exposed to, despite Labyrinthine Heart being the more prominent album at the time (being the new release). Personally, I like to think of Justin Elswick and his work with SLEEPTHIEF as a story - it's best to start at the beginning, despite there being no low points between chapters.

Let's start with what it sounds like. This album is best described as ethereal pop, also breaching other genres like electronica, even industrial, while including heavenly symphonic presence, soft piano interludes, driving percussion, and haunting arrangements. To say that nothing is beyond the imagination of SLEEPTHIEF is a gross understatement - SLEEPTHIEF exists to redefine the relationship we have with music. The happiest of moments, the darkest of hard truths we must overcome, The Dawnseeker has it all, and will never let go of you. This album is part of an unforgettable journey into a passionate world that knows no quarter in exploring the beauty in each and every one of us.

The Dawnseeker also has the advantage of having multiple vocalists throughout the album, giving a completely different listening experience from track to track. They are able to tailor their vocal style while Justin Elswick creates a unique style of music to fit them into - and does so flawlessly. The relationship between vocalist and musician that is accomplished in SLEEPTHIEF is something I have most certainly never heard anywhere else, and I doubt I ever will. Each vocalist is a dream to listen to, with incredible talent and they are all equally unforgettable.

This album represented a turning point for me and how I even perceived music in the first place. More music could exist like it, but nothing will match the passionate vocals and distinct attention to detail musically that's rampant throughout The Dawnseeker. Each song is an incredible find, something you'll be proud to know and show everyone you know. This album has an incredible audience that has no idea that when they buy this album, and give it a dedicated listen for the first time, they will find so much to love that it will become a part of their life, perhaps forever.

Simply put, if you don't know SLEEPTHIEF, you owe it to yourself to go to the top of this page and buy it now. It will most certainly be, at its very least, a unique journey that will show you genres and styles you've never quite heard at work before. Something you most certainly will never forget. I cannot recommend this album enough. Take this album, put on a nice pair of headphones, close your eyes, and simply experience what this album is, distraction free. You will not regret it.