Mortal Prophets is making musical treasures with the ‘Sleeping in My Bed’ EP

As a body of work, Sleeping in My Bed offers a reimagining of Tin Pan Alley, breathing new life into classic American songwriting with fearless creativity
4 April 2024
Photo by Cat Chow

Following the acclaim of Dealey Plaza Blues last summer, John Beckmann, the visionary behind Mortal Prophets, returns with the captivating 6-song EP, Sleeping in My Bed. This latest release cements Beckmann’s reputation as a leading songwriter, showcasing his unmatched talent and bold creativity.

With Sleeping in My Bed, Mortal Prophets embarks on an auditory voyage that transcends boundaries and challenges conventions. Each track serves as a testament to Beckmann’s prowess in crafting compelling narratives and eliciting profound emotions through music.

The EP commences with the atmospheric and haunting Bury Them Deep, setting the stage for the journey ahead. Featuring a fusion of dusty acoustic melodies and dark effects, the track evokes a uniquely American sense of dread reminiscent of a Morricone soundtrack.

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Continuing onwards, Sleeping in My Bed mesmerizes with its sultry blues ambiance and soulful saxophone, transporting listeners to the heart of a Bourbon Street bar in the wee hours of the morning. Beckmann’s vocals, accompanied by horns and organ, exude an intoxicating fervor, leaving no ambiguity about the narrator’s intentions.

Tom Waits in Drag serves as a perfect segue, leading into the EP’s sublimely dissipated path. With Hell or High Water, Mortal Prophets lays bare themes of yearning and obsession, inviting listeners to explore the depths of human emotion.

Photo by Cat Chow

As a body of work, Sleeping in My Bed offers a reimagining of Tin Pan Alley, breathing new life into classic American songwriting with fearless creativity. It is a modern pop masterpiece that fearlessly conjures a broken world while clinging to the precepts of timeless songcraft.

With contributions from talented musicians such as Aoibheann Carey-Philpott, Jon Cobert, Danny Flam, and others, Sleeping in My Bed is a collaborative triumph that showcases Mortal Prophets’ unwavering dedication to their craft. Produced and mixed by William D. Lucey at LeftBank Studios in Cork, Ireland, and accompanied by captivating photography by Cat Chow, Sleeping in My Bed is a testament to Mortal Prophets’ commitment to musical excellence and their ability to captivate audiences with their evocative storytelling.

Photo by Cat Chow

In a world where great artists are often hard to come by, John Beckmann and Mortal Prophets deliver exceptional work that speaks to the national psyche and the human heart, making Sleeping in My Bed an essential addition to any music lover’s collection.

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