Direwires is Adam Young of Ontario, a recording artist and founder of Robotopera Netlabel (it’s a shame the label is on hiatus right now but their releases are accessible via archive.org). Anyway, Sleeping Near Highways is a collaboration-project from Young and label-buddy Freder who travelled Canada for a while and found themselves, well, sleeping near highways during this time. Their music is made of delayed synth-chords, expanded field-recordings and a lot of space between the tones. Some kind of aural tour-diary which reflects the eerie feeling of being away from home, bored and trapped somewhere alongside the road.
Prelude to Sleep is a simple composition that’s mainly based on a filter-modulated synth sound. Very warm, very relaxing, though there’s some kind of bad premonition left- this sleep will bring you nightmares. Glowing Through Eyelids is the awaking afterwards. Like the song of a bird when the sun rises, morning rushes in with tender synthesizer-chirping. While this tune could have been released on Autoplate without a problem, most of the other songs on Sleeping Near Highways contain certain elements of experimental Rock music that make them more difficult to categorize. Innovative and hypnotizing.