The Smoking Bells is a three piece dream rock group that formed in Toronto. Darius Byrne, Andrew Eyles and Brian Ireland have diverse musical backgrounds but have found a beautiful sense of overlap in both their fascination with sleep and dreams and their passion for music.
The band released their debut record, Sleeptalk, on March 4th of this year. The album was driven by experiences with sleep paralysis from Darius’ childhood. The band was intrigued and moved by the simultaneously terrifying and liberating feelings associated with these moments lost between sleep and wakefulness. Within the record are hidden recordings of Andrew talking in his sleep, mixed with dreamy instrumentals and interesting harmonies.
My favorite track is the opening/title cut, “Sleeptalk.” It gives you a sense of the dream rock style of The Smoking Bells.