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The Cradle, the solo project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paco Cathcart (Big Neck Police, Eyes of Love, Shimmer), just announced his upcoming 21-track album, “Laughing In My Sleep”, will release August 21st, 2020 via NNA Tapes. Along with the announcement, Cathcart has shared the album’s lead single, “One Too Many Times,” featuring Lily Konigsberg (of Palberta) on backing vocals. “It’s a lament about miscommunication, and the difficulties of being vulnerable and clear with one another,” Cathcart explains, “It’s about feeling desperately apart from the “vanguard,” that is, those who are fearless and true with their language, politically and personally”.
After 30 or so previous releases, ‘Laughing in my Sleep’ represents a kind of stylistic culmination, a synthesis of the many sonic flavors The Cradle has served us up since the genesis of the project in 2013.
It is a sprawling, multi-faceted album that will give a first-time listener a little taste of everything, from hi-fidelity, lyrical guitar-based music familiar to fans of ‘Bag of Holding,’ to grimy 4-track drum machine songs a la ‘Sense Stats,’ to spoken word pieces and voice memo interludes sent straight from a cell phone that may remind fans of the more esoteric live Cradle performances.
Likewise, the album is thematically diverse, recorded in the spring of 2018 during a wandering period of frequent travel and change. Songs range from the personal to the political, from spiteful to gracious, from frustrated to silly. Never missing, though, is the sense of exploration and wonder that has always permeated The Cradle’s work.