Slow Wave Sleep is surrealist music based on a fictional story.
It’s a place where sounds, visions and thoughts flow endlessly like water in the ocean.
Emilio Larocca, composer/guitarist/producer from Southern Italy, started SWS in 2015. Initially, it was a notebook to self-analyze dreams and thoughts, building confidence for a clearer vision of things. Slowly it began a full surreal story with characters and stuff, before flowing into weird and epic music, a short film, a videogame, a band, something even weirder and then finally into something worth sharing.
My name is Spiro, and this is an open letter to my rescuers. I once had friends, and they said music for me is a matter of life and death. I miss all of them. I’m now trapped in a vacuum, maybe forever, and all I can do is overthink. So I spend my time trying to get out of here.
Sometimes, funny things happen. It’s like falling in a deep sleep, and I can be in the middle of an action movie, or surfing a cloud of floating light effects. It’s like a recurring dream, with one cohesive plot spreading out slowly. When I wake up, I try to fix these memories as much as I can.
The album Spare Time in the Arctic is the last chapter of this story. Rèfles, the main character, is an entity made of black plasma that descends from the world of Archetypes. It’s the Archetype of repressed emotions, who recently escaped into Spiro’s body to give them back to humans. Spiro can easily travel between Planet Earth and Planet Vena, a parallel dimension where there’s no air, no money and no death. His face is marked by three black stripes and black blood circulates on the left side of the body. All SWS’s content is linked together like a puzzle.
Slow Wave Sleep’s music includes elements of electronic, rock, pop, classical music and everything in between in order to draw epic, weird and meaningless atmospheres like the third phase of sleep I’m in.