Sleepy Bill is a recording artist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. In the early 2000s he started gaining popularity as the leader of the Brooklyn post-punk band, BUST. After recording a few albums, the group and Bill disappeared from the scene and were unheard from for years. Bill was reportedly in bad health from serious alcohol and drug issues and fans and friends assumed the worst. However after a seven year layoff, Bill emerged from his slumber to release his debut solo album, Really Something.
Now based in Atlanta, he has honed his skill for melody and instrumentation, and provides the listener with a more layered, softened sound, yet still delivers his unique, mysterious lyrical content with a new, playful vitality.
Bill performs everything on all the tracks, describing himself as a recording artist – completely uninterested in live shows and of the business and commerce side of music. He has a rotating band of local musicians and they play impromptu live shows around Atlanta. He says he has his “demons” behind him, but when agreeing to a deal with Low and Away Records, informed them that he has to do things the way he has to do them.
His style and sound has been compared to Stephen Malkmus, Sparklehorse, Super Furry Animals, and Neutral Milk Hotel.
He remains fiercely independent and perhaps frustratingly inaccessible.
“He is mysterious to a degree, but in person, completely unassuming and polite. He reportedly has a whole catalog of recordings with a goal to release a new album “every year for ten years” then be done. It remains to be seen if he is serious about it, but if he is, we will be eager and excited to help Sleepy Bill’s music reach ears that want a riddle to unravel,” states his label rep.
So, as we probe deeper, more questions about this enigmatic artist arise. Regardless, in the end, it is the music that matters most.
Currently the album is available on iTunes and many other digital distribution sites. A limited press on vinyl has sold out.