Born in 1993 within the eastern suburbs of Rome, Marco already wrote and produced two albums under the moniker Weird. – while providing lyrics and guitars for psych maven Sonic Jesus [Fuzz Club Records].
Lately he played more than a hundred gigs throughout Europe, sharing stages with Black Angels, The Underground Youth, TOY, Girls Names, Disappears, The Veldt. Back to everyday life he improvised a bunch of songs while moving home, switching jobs: old memories emerged and melt up with frustrations, new visions and hopes. Still with no instrument around all the music sprout up in his head, so that right after one year a whole new album was ready.
A new identity had to be found – and that’s how True Sleeper was born.
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His debut is called Life Happened.
It’s a coming-of-age circular album involving the torments & perks of being in love, the duties of growing up, the hardest times spent on being sensitive, fragile and human in a world obsessed by power, egotism and idle vanity.
If you’re into #FlamingLips, Nothing, Whirr, Have a Nice Life or just enchanted by the presence of poignant melodies, layers of harmonies and guitars – this will definitely be your jam!
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// LIFE HAPPENED //
There was me, like in a coma. I was nobody. In my quest, started without any will, I found this golden, pulsating heart. Suddenly, I was alive. From that very moment, I swore I would have taken care of that heart, no matter what. With my new found consciousness, I started to walk. I walked and I walked until I realized my legs were too weak to go on. Finally resting in a meadow, memories of my past life emerged - scattered, confused, yet focused enough to feel the heaviness of what preceded my awakening. Anyway, my heart was still there with me, comfortably lying in my hand, speaking softly soothing things like «you're new now, everything will be fine». Eventually, thoughts became unstoppable that night. I got lost for a while, I was there again. Stuck in the road, waiting for something to happen: a call, a sound. Nothing, just silence. Everything was motionless. A certain presence in the air, maybe. You could not rely on it, it just kept going back and forth, until finally it went away, leaving me powerless. No longer it would have harmed me nor my heart. A cloud of calm awareness now embraces me. I will never face the presence of my past anymore. And the maze where I was in, suddenly became as clear as an open field in a sunny day.
«I won’t see you grow.»
The sun set slowly as I was transported in a dark wood. A strong wind whistling through the trees. There’s a pier at the end of the forest. We’re at the showdown. No turning back. It’s just a leap forward, towards the reality. I won’t fear this dive.
released April 29, 2019
Recorded by Filippo Strang at VDSS Recording Studio in Morolo (FR). Written, arranged and performed by Marco Barzetti. Mixed by Filippo Strang, Marco Barzetti and Riccardo Gruppuso. Mastered by Filippo Strang.
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I died and I found this heart
It's all real, the nightmare has gone
And you are, for me, the highest dream
I have no fears, no signs of doubt.
Track Name: Heavy Life
Very soon I'll walk alone,
very soon I'll walk alive,
everyday will be fine, but it's too soon,
heavy life and I'm still late, heavy life
I still think about it every night
I'm sick of them, now I want to be in your eyes
I still think about the animal life
when I feel stray, it’s just the heavy life
Secret life after a secret death, secret shrine
I wanna be in your eyes to see your grace beyond the end of the light, heavy life
I still think about it every night, when I feel gray I want you in my eyes, when I feel strained, it’s just the heavy life
I still love you when the day is done, I still love you when the day is new, but it's too soon inside this heavy life
Track Name: Lost in Time
Find yourself a little house to stay as I pretend to live in a state of grace, I've been lost in time, stuck there in the road I’ll find something lost inside, stuck there in the road for a while
Find myself inside a little hole of mine as I began to dig inside myself at night, cause I don't know what's mine, stuck there in the road,
still there I've been listening to the sound that made my heart so drained
no one will be hurt this time
It seems just like you're real sometimes, stuck there in the road to see, I would like to roll this time, but it seems just like you're real
sometimes, stuck there in the road,
I would like to know what's right
I've been lost inside your heady lies
stuck there in the road to see, I would like to roll this time, but it seems just like you're real sometimes, stuck there in the road, I would like to know what's right,
what's right, what's right
Track Name: (Coda)
I've been lost twice, now I'm sitting around just with myself, I've been locked inside myself,
inside myself, like an island in my head
You’ve been a loss of time
a city that I will never face
I've been lost inside your maze
Track Name: L is on C
Allison sees, Allison tries, like the sun in her sight, like the sparks in your eyes
I won't see, I won't see you grow
I won't see you grow, while everybody knows what to say, I want to see you grow
while everybody aims to foul play
Track Name: Naked Start
I died, it's a naked start again, just roll your dice, I lost another branch and - forget, arise,
I’m lost into the air I breathe,
don’t fear this dive
I will dare to be my best this time, as I began to really hope it's true, I won’t break apart for you
a new life, where inner light is your bride, you’ll see the sound, everything that you are
is now the truth
I tried to make you smile again, when we were flies, I lost another day, inside your eyes
I’m floating in this scent of change, it feels like dying, when you're on a string
a new sight, a new life
Track Name: Feel
I feel and what's more, I feel my heart too grave
will I become what I’ve ever desired?
I fear my heart’s too pale, as it fades in my head, it’s you in every line
Feel inside that every day it's new, every day
another point of view, you’ll see what's right through your dreaming eye, ready to lie
Now you’re hiding on the edge of silence as I'm running after hear’ you say "it's not the end"
I feel, and what's wrong?
I fear my heart’s too pale
Will I become what they ever desired?
A fit and my heart will fail
It’s just a phase, it’s in my head, it’s you
In every line, every line...
Now you’re hiding on the edge of silence
As I’m running from the things you said, it’s not the end, you’re still hiding on the edge of
silence as I’m running from the things you said, it’s just the end
Track Name: Yourizon
Sun's still rising, let's find myself, the city is hiding, just free yourself and since you turned to dust ‘t was not the end of your life
anything, everything, it's like an endless
"follow you", it's like a headless feel
let’s fight against my own hollowness
Sister heaviness, your cinema breaks
sunday's fever, your sudden fate
but when I turn to dust it’s just another start
‘cause everything, everything, it's like an endless
"follow you", it's like a headless fever
let’s fight again inside my sorrow
Anything it's not yourizon, let's fight again,
fill your heart, it's like an endless fever,
let's fight again, but tomorrow
Track Name: Lunacy
I lived my life like a little black cat, it's something I could never describe, it's like holding up the same old cards, if you were like that little black cat... everything that you don’t want
is like an endless lie in my eyes, everything
here it’s pure, is there anybody here for me?
I lived my life like a little black cat, it's something I could never describe, it's like holding up the same old cards, I’m sending out your seeds into the sea... everything that you don’t want
is like an endless lie inside, everything there it’s real, is there anybody here for me?
Silent love, I'll stay, to see how far we go
heavy eyes on me, they see how far I go
Every day is a war, always there, my love
you can go far, everything you want, always there my love, you can go far
I will set the scene, there’s something in the frame. I can feel the loss, but in the dust
we’re all the same and now I feel,
and now I feel, like dying.
supported by 10 fans who also own “[album] True Sleeper • Life Happened”
"From the very first moments, you can notice both, the delicate or even drowsy vocal of Douglas and very determined, noisy guitars. >Blasphemy< misleads a bit with its slow pace and great usage of silence as just after this one, way faster music takes the stage with >Cruel< and other songs" ENGLISH: https://bit.ly/2GsZUdv Łabandzi Śpiew
supported by 9 fans who also own “[album] True Sleeper • Life Happened”
This is one of the best shoegaze albums I have heard this year, it kind've coincided with DEAFCULT's release of Auras, so I don't want it to be eclipsed. I want this on vinyl! If there is any physical format to this amazing LP, I need to find it! Thank you for this musical gift! Charlie Mayer