John Mark Lapham has shared a new track from his upcoming Old Fire album, Voids. Following the Bill Callahan collaboration ‘Don’t You Go’, ‘Dreamless’ features singer-songwriter Adam Torres as well as Semay Wu on cello, Christian Madden on keys, and Joe Ryan on drums. Check out its Nathan Driskell-directed video below.
“‘Dreamless’ was the last piece of the puzzle for this album,” Lapham explained in a statement. “It came together spontaneously from some guitar recordings given to me by Alex Hutchins, who sent me a lot of improvised takes that I cut down and sequenced into something resembling a traditional pop structure (at least as ‘pop’ as Old Fire ever gets). As I was imagining a vocal, I heard someone like Peter Gabriel singing and looked for someone who could give me the shivers like he could. Enter Adam Torres. Thor Harris and Bill both worked with him so it made a lot of sense that he would join our family. I gave him only a few directions on lyrical content, we talked about the themes of loneliness, isolation and what it feels like to live without love. He put together some beautiful words and really brought the song to life.”
Voids comes out November 4 on Western Vinyl. It also includes collaborations with Julia Holter, Emily Cross, and more.