I closed my eyes last night, lights off, world gone, the album felt like one long dream..I think I danced in my sleep.
Rasmus is a 32 years old singer-songwriter from Copenhagen. Mainly self-taught, his lack of formal training is shown in the absence of a clear structure to the songs. However, this is not a weakness of Rasmus but rather a strength. The lack of structure is somewhat liberating and gives a natural and authentic feel to the album. The LP is dominated by rolling chord patterns on the acoustic guitar and Rasmus’ dreamy and wistful vocals which create an oneiric atmosphere. The artist himself defined ‘I hope you dance in your sleep’ as ‘sleeping chamber music’. It all reminds me of Ben Howard’s debut album.
‘I hope you dance in your sleep’ was recorded in an old German radio studio in a basement in Copenhagen. All song were recorded ‘live’, Rasmus sang and played the guitar at the same time, and he just kept going until he had the right take. No cutting or correcting. And no metronome. Stine Gron sings the backing vocals on the album. She is in a band called IRAH. Marco Egeberg plays some electric guitar bits on the album.
The heart and the masquerade ‘Now you have lost, yeah you’ve lost your way, you’re torn between the heart and the masquerade’.
I hope you dance in your sleep ‘And I hope, you sing in your sleep. I hope, you sing’.
Rasmus is currently working on a project called ‘Bonne nuit, Johnny’ with more people but without his name on the label, still his music and lyrics though. An album is almost ready; he recorded it in an old water tower, it has a special sound.