Following rave reviews for the debut album 'Country Sleep' which is out now on Dead Oceans, Night Beds will release the sublime '22', one of the album's many heartrending tracks, as a single to coincide with his first ever headline UK tour. Starting in Brighton on 14th April, Night Beds will then play London, Bristol, Manchester and finish in Glasgow on 18th April, whilst the new single '22' will be released on 22nd April via Dead Oceans. '22' is available to stream here and full listings for the UK tour - with support from Farewell JR - are as follows:
Sunday 14 April - BRIGHTON - The Hope
Monday 15 April - LONDON - The Borderline
Tuesday 16 April - BRISTOL - Louisiana
Wednesday 17 April - MANCHESTER - Soup Kitchen
Thursday 18 April - GLASGOW - Broadcast
From Colorado Springs and now a resident of Nashville where he first moved to study, Winston Yellen's road to Country Sleep has been anything but the straightest. After losing his job and girlfriend,Yellen took off on a five-month sojourn. Moving from state to state, he lived out of his hatchback car performing menial odd jobs and mopping Church floors until, he says, "a friend instilled in me the need to cut the bullshit and move back to Nashville."
Taking out a loan, Yellen rented an out-of-town, pre-civil war home in the woods that was previously owned by Johnny Cash and June Carter (and still maintained by the couple's friends). Inspired by the serendipity of the discovery, he started working on Country Sleep, both in his country retreat and at Nashville's Brown Owl studio.
Night Beds was conceived in a place that is usually just the domain of dreams. As Winston Yellen explains, "the name is tongue in cheek, but a lot of the music was developed at night, from listening to, or writing in my bed." And it feels very nocturnal. Night Beds is a landscape, or an ethereal escape for the soul.
Anyone listening to Country Sleep - whose title harks back to the 'night bed' in the back of his car - will find the record a cathartic experience. Backed by various musicians and a careful ear for arrangement, Winston Yellen and Night Beds are not here to simply sing you to sleep, but to soundtrack your hopes, fears and dreams.
Critical acclaim for 'Country Sleep' quoted below and guest list is available for the UK tour dates so get in touch if you would like to come along to any of these shows.