It’s difficult to say where Night Beds begins, but it could be here: August 2006, a young Winston Yellen is invited to a longtime friend’s apartment. They talk, they record a little aimlessly, and something exciting emerges. Maybe it’s a little later, when one is studying engineering in Nashville, and the other remains behind, an unhappy captive of secondary education. It could be any number of moments, really, along a series of migrations, but probably here: the summer of 2008, back in Colorado Springs, when they write the first Night Beds song, “You Were Afraid.”
After that there is a lot of time spent in basements, a lot of alcohol, a lot of irreverent tuning, but not all that much need for talk. Most things are shared, understood: in thin mountain air, or in a waterlogged summer atmosphere, there can be a sense that breathing is effortful, that sleep is easy but not restful. The songs that come out of those first few years, collected on three EPs (night beds, every fire; every joy, and hide from it), are an exercise in catharsis. They’re deeply ringing things, washed in whiskey. The sound is like something emergent from a tunnel. It may be the red eye of a cigarette in the dark, or it may be the dawn peeking out.
“It was never thought. It just was always what felt good.” So the songs come together over acoustic guitars, over the first skeletal melodies, and then they grow. Yellen’s voice takes on a pure kind of thirst when wrapped in the sonic landscapes he devises. It’s searching. It’s taken several years to map everything out, but after a hiatus spent driving the deserts and prairies and coastal roads of the United States, sleeping in a hatchback or on friendly couches – after a long time spent alone – Night Beds has found a home in Nashville. Soon it will see the release of Country Sleep, a full-length album in the spirit of the vagabond, in the winding path to a place of good rest.
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival is excited to announce the initial lineup for its 11th annual three-day music celebration, featuring Grammy Award winners The Black Keys, alongside The String Cheese Incident and the Avett Brothers leading the festival’s rich, eclectic offerings. The event will again take place July 12 – 14, 2013 at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.
Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale this Wednesday, March 6th at Noon EST on Forecastle.com. Purchase tickets in full, or opt for one of our special payment plans, available for both General Admission or VIP tickets.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as a top event in 2012, and acclaimed by Outside as one of the “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the USA,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved into one of the country’s premier festival destinations. The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville- beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, highlighted through the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.
Jim James – Of The Mother Again (Regions of Light & Sound of God, Removador) Matt Pond – Love To Get Used (The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand, BMG) Adam Green & Binky Shapiro – Just To Make Me Feel Good (S/T, Rounder) Widowspeak – Dyed In The Wool (Almanac, Captured Tracks) Night Beds – Ramona (Country Sleep, Dead Oceans) The Cave Singers – Have To Pretend (Naomi, Jagjaguwar) Leagues – Mind Games (You Belong Here, Bufalotone) Toro Y Moi – Never Matter (Anything In Return, Carpark Records) Yo La Tengo – Is That Enough (Fade, Matador) Marcos Valle – Ele E Ela (Marcos Valle, Light In The Attic) Foxygen – Shuggie (We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Jagjaguwar) Eels – New Alphabet (Wonderful Glorious, Vagrant) The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – Avalon (The Jazz Age, BMG)
Yo La Tengo – Stupid Things (Fade, Matador)
Besnard Lakes – You Make Loving Fun (Rumours Revisited, MOJO Magazine)
Bleeding Rainbow – Drift Away (Yeah Right, Kanine Records)
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Party Kids (Untamed Beast, Partisan)
The Delta Saints – Death Letter Jubilee (Death Letter Jubilee, self-released)
The Lone Bellow – The One You Should’ve Let Go (The Lone Bellow, Descendant)
D. Watusi – Danny Kokomo (Dark Party, Nashville’s Dead Records)
Parquet Courts – Borrowed Thyme (Light Up Gold, What’s Your Rupture?)
Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love (Beta Love, Barsuk)
Toro Y Moi – Say That (Anything In Return, Carpark Records)
Night Beds – Ramona (Country Sleep, Dead Oceans)
Christopher Owens – Lysandre (Lysandre, Fat Possum)
Tender Trap – Step One (Ten Songs About Girls, Fortuna Pop!)