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Sleeping States is a musical project of London-based Markland Starkie. Started in 2004/5, Markland has released a number of EPs and a CD-R album (‘Distances Are Great’ which includes the songs London Fields and a cover of Bacharach’s Don’t Make Me Over) on several small DIY labels in Britain, most of which have long sold out. His most recent long player, ‘There The Open Spaces’, which included an extended version of the single Rivers, was released in September 2007 to critical acclaim.

Taking an interest in twentieth century classical/experimental music such as Arvo Part and Glenn Branca, as well as more melodic pop, Sleeping States has gained comparisons to Jim O’Rourke, Vincent Gallo, Pavement, Grizzly Bear and so on.

A limited edition split 7” single with the London-based band Fanfarlo was released in February 2008 (Sleeping States performing a cover of ‘Call Me’ by Throwing Muses).

The Old vs New EP, was released in November 2008, and reworked older Sleeping States material. His most recent release the album ‘In the Gardens of the North’ was launched on August 17th 2009.


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  • punshbag

    fantastic, brilliant and everything related to that.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KenHebert

    Guys pretty chill.

    7 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TrevorCold

    amo tus canciones :)

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • nowandzen5

    love at first listen. and second. and third. and fourth. can't stop listening!

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • maramore19

    if anyone has a handy .zip file of 'distances are great' that they are willing to send me a link to, i will be eternally grateful. [2] ME TOO. i need it. haha!

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • Beppi-Size

    so happy I discovered him. <3

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • obelisko1971

    Rings, Rings, Rings ( again and again ) <3

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • douglasmartin

    if anyone has a handy .zip file of 'distances are great' that they are willing to send me a link to, i will be eternally grateful.

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Smackrobiotic

    This guy is pretty good.

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
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    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • loothi

    Excellent gig at Brighton Komedia w/ Great Lake Swimmers! Thanks!

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • jeesushaych

    Saw SS supporting Great Lake Swimmers last night. Markland has an astonishing voice live...

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • adrianoesteves

    Great stuff

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • SeriousMoon

    shoutbox needs more monologues [2]

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • radekkkkkkk

    shoutbox needs more monologues

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • caro_vian

    at last... a treasured thing 4 me

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • baldakino

    ... but now, after 3rd time through it does definitely start to creep in, this album. Perhaps like the best the way it is open for the environment I am in (!), how it mixes gently with the sounds here. I can just join in whistling or tapping and it blends vague comment, but nice quality... won't shout again, just listen..

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • baldakino

    hmm, but now i finished the first time through the latest album (after the great Positive Shock of the New) I do think it needs some dirty energy here and there...

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • baldakino

    it's been a while since i was hit with [i]really[/i] interestingly gud music - and then TWICE in just a few months! first the last Dirty Projectors, and now this! What a year for music this is becoming...

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
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