Written over the past year, Sleepercar's new five-song EP, Breathe and Count, was recorded this fall in both Jim Ward’s home studio and at Tricky Falls, the venue he co-owns. Breathe and Count is filled with alt-country-inflected songs – like the rollicking “Believe This” and the elegantly melodic, slow-build cadence of “Long Story Short” – that touch on coming to terms with hardship, and how you re-align yourself and move forward from it. The EP also features longtime collaborators Gabriel González (engineer/producer, as well as guitars/keys) and Gregg Sosa (bass).
Breathe and Count captures Ward’s first new music since his 2011 debut solo album Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins & The Electric Six, and Sleepercar’s 2008 debut LP, West Texas. Over the past four years, he’s toured with a reunited At The Drive-In; played shows and recorded with a recharged Sparta; and opened a restaurant, Eloise, and a venue/bar, Tricky Falls/Bowie Feathers, with his wife in El Paso.
The origins of Sleepercar go all the way back to 2001, around the dissolution of At The Drive-In. Inspired by a newfound love of artists like The Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons, Ward found himself writing songs that landed in-between country and rock, and recorded what became the first Sleepercar songs at Sonic Ranch in West Texas. He continued to write and record songs in this vein over the next four years, with the help of friends and family, during his downtime from Sparta; these songs would form West Texas, which was released by Doghouse Records. Sleepercar has toured with Coldplay and City and Colour, among other artists, and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
1. Long Story Short
2. Time Will Tell
3. Believe This
4. Return To The Rest Of Us