Allen Tate is a vocalist, songwriter, and self-taught musician based in Brooklyn, NY. Allen began writing Sleepwalker in the fall of 2014 during a 3-week stay in Copenhagen, where he had just performed as the lead singer of San Fermin.
“I didn’t know a soul and didn’t really interact with anyone,” he says. “All of these songs have something to do with feeling alone—physically alone, or feeling estranged, or alone like it’s all up to you.” Produced by San Fermin’s band leader Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Sleepwalker was released in October 2016 by Votiv.
The first work ever released under his own name, Tate says it was important to him to get the words right. “Musical complexity has never really been one of my aims, but moments <g class="gr_ gr_20 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_hide gr_disable_anim_appear Punctuation multiReplace replaceWithoutSep replaceWithoutSep" id="20" data-gr-id="20">when the right words are delivered over the right sounds</g> are what <g class="gr_ gr_19 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_disable_anim_appear Grammar multiReplace" id="19" data-gr-id="19">draw</g> me to music,” he says. The result is melancholic wordplay and minimalist sounds that mirror Tate’s feelings of isolation at the time.
The album was mixed by Matty Green (TV On The Radio, Yeasayer, Wild Belle), who put the final touches on the sound. “Matty and I basically melded minds — I would send him mix references that ranged from The Smashing Pumpkins to The Roots and he was always able to pick up on what I meant.” Just nine tracks and 30 minutes in length, Sleepwalker does not attempt to offer grandiose statements. Instead, it shares honest observations of the many ways that we often are and often feel alone.