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Sleepthief is an American electronic music recording project formed by producer and composer Justin Elswick. Elswick began writing music for the album ten years prior to its release. The album was mixed, mastered, co-produced, and co-arranged by Israel Curtis. Sleepthief's first album, The Dawnseeker, was released in 2006.

Sleepthief is most often compared to musical groups such as Delerium (in its output from the mid-1990s onward) and Balligomingo, which produce emotive, melodic, synthesized music with what is often described as New Age-influenced ethnic characteristics from other cultures. Also similar to these groups is Sleepthief's use of pop music-based song structures with performances by female singers: eleven vocalists contribute to The Dawnseeker, many of whom are established recording artists, and some having worked with the aforementioned groups previously.

Born in Southern California, Elswick served as an LDS missionary in Texas and received a B.A. degree in History from Brigham Young University. Throughout this period, he became a self-taught musician. Justin also studied in Ireland, graduating with a Master's degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin followed by a law degree at J. Reuben Clark Law School. He is currently a practicing attorney in Provo, Utah.

In addition, Elswick wrote for Musical Discoveries, a music website dedicated to female vocalists, as an associate editor.

History of Sleepthief

Elswick began working on songs with Curtis around 2003. Russell Elliot, editor-in-chief of Musical Discoveries, put Elswick in contact with singer Jody Quine in December 2003; Quine became the first singer to join with the project, recording three songs and being filmed for a music video by 2005. Vic Levak, who worked with Balligomingo along with Quine, also worked with the group.


-The Dawnseeker (2006)
All songs written by Elswick and the vocalist featured except where otherwise noted.

featuring Jody Quine
"Desire of Ages" (Curtis, Elswick, Harland, James Harland-Wright)
featuring Shelley Harland
"You Did a Good Thing" (Elswick, Eric Harris, Hitchcock)
featuring Nicola Hitchcock (formerly of Mandalay)
"Just Say It"
featuring Kyoko Baertsoen (of Lunascape)
"The Chauffeur" (Duran Duran) (original by Duran Duran)
featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw
featuring Jody Quine
"Sublunar (Sweet Angel)"
featuring Kristy Thirsk
"Nightjar" (Lavelle)
featuring Caroline Lavelle
"Fire from Heaven"
featuring Roberta Carter Harrison (of Wild Strawberries)
"The Metro" (John Crawford) (original by Berlin)
featuring Jerri Eckert
"Kiss to Savor"
featuring Jody Quine
"Afterthoughts" (Edman)
featuring Lauren Edman
"Entre Ciel et Mer" (Elswick, Harris, Sandrine Ligabue)
featuring San.Drine

-Labyrinthine Heart (2009)

"Here I Confess"
featuring Joanna Stevens
"World Gone Crazy"
featuring Coury Palermo
"Skimming Stones (Reprise)"
featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw
"Labyrinthine Heart"
featuring Jody Quine
"A Kind Of Magic"
featuring Zoë Johnston
"A Cut From The Fight"
featuring Kristy Thirsk
"Rainy World"
featuring Caroline Lavelle
"Ariadne (The Dividing Sea)"
featuring Joanna Stevens
"Reason Why"
featuring Coury Palermo & Zoë Johnston
"Fire King"
featuring Jody Quine
featuring Kristy Thirsk
"There's Something Going On"
featuring Roberta Carter Harrison

Afterwards Justin released two new tracks, included in the compilation "Beauty 2 - Music That Touches The Soul" (25th October 2010). The first track "Another Day" (with Kyoko Baertsoen) is a cover of the song originally by This Mortal Coil. The second, "Empyrean" (with Suzanne Perry) was performed with the glossolalia technique.

He is currently busy with a side project, named Spythriller, (in collaboration with Caroline Lavelle and Israel Curtis). The first video and related single will be released 15th November 2011. Every four weeks a new song will be released until the album is completed, after which it will also be released as a physical CD. The first track to be released was Nightwish cover song "Nemo" (plus two remixes), followed by "Cold War Kisses". They can be found on the Spythriller official site and YouTube official channel. In addition, he is working with Roberta Carter-Harrison on her solo album and with Carla Werner, for her solo dance album. A new Sleepthief release will likely be released in early 2012. It will be a 7-track EP. Kirsty Hawkshaw, Coury Palermo, Carla Werner, Jody Quine, and Kristy Thirsk are the singers. In the beginning of June, Jody Quine recorded her two tracks titled "Mortal Longing" (as the EP) and "Falcon in Snow". They are in the same vein as "Eurydice" and "World Gone Crazy". A video for "Mortal Longing" was shot in September in Utah and is being edited (including the use of special effects) for release as a first single, on 4th June 2012, while the digital single and the three remixes (Psychosomatic, Blue Stone, DjMikeID) will be out 11th June 2012. You can watch a short teaser on Sleepthief Facebook page. He is also working on a remix for Eireann Wax and a song for Nicola Hitchcock solo album.

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