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Slow Wave Sleep is a surreal world based on the exploration of new musical frontiers in pop music. It started in 2015 as a literary project of the Italian musician Emilio Larocca Conte: a diary in which he used to transcribe dreams and thoughts in order to control pain and to project reality into a fictitious world. When he started studying electronic music production the whole concept with stories and characters flowed into music. After a period of instrumental demos, the official debut L’Ultimo Uomo has been produced in a single room in Berlin and published on 23rd January 2018, where the background of Emilio is fused into an eclectic style of music with lyrics in Italian. The album is accompanied by video clips by Parresìa and Ragnarök, both filmed on his return to Italy. Few months later the second album Chroma is out, together with the music video of Elogio della Follia produced thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. 

Meanwhile, Emilio forms a band to bring slow-wave sleep to life, starting to get noticed in clubs, festivals and competitions throughout Italy. Emilio, Gilberto, Stella and Gabriele entered the studio in February 2019, helped by Mimmo Crudo (OndAnomala, Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti), to record the new live recording, currently in the mix, that will be accompanied by two music videos (one of them interactive) and the live perfomance of Valzer Nero.

SWS aims to tell stories through a “liquid” style of music because sounds, like water, adapt the idea to any container and generate life. Although each release is a concept album, the songs have no explicit reference to the whole concept. SWS can go also beyond music and so far has been led into short films (“Sgamos vs Fates“), books (“Spettro“) and contaminations (“Project Vena” and “Hypnagogic Vol.1“), with the help of other artists interested in the project.

SWS - The Dream Team 1

Emilio Larocca Conte – vocals and guitars
Stella Canonico – bass and backing vocals
Gilberto Ongaro – keyboards, synths and backing vocals
Gabriele Larocca Conte – drums, percussions and samples
Andrea Cascini – guitars and synths (guest)
Filippo Cresci – guitars (guest)

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