Tommy Mandel - Music For Insomniacs
Well known as a studio musician for groups in the 80s like Tina Turner, Cindy Lauper, The B-52s and The Clash, this keyboardist and synthesist also had a few solo projects of his own. Tommy Mandel released Music For Insomniacs in 1984 on cassette and now, working in tandem with Invisible City Editions, it is presented on vinyl for the first time.
Scarcely heard beyond it's small tape release, Music For Insomniacs remains as relevant today, and perhaps even more so. The release comes with notes on prescribed dose: "Play softly before retiring. More effective with continued use." Repetition implied in use, but with variety often not given to sleep / ambient concepts. Each track is named for different wave of sleep, from Alpha to Theta. Some of his New Wave influence can be heard in tracks like "Beta (First of All)", with soft drum machines here and there, and even (as per the credits) a touch of "subliminal vocals" to help guide you through your dream universe.