Slumberland feat. Sainkho Namtchylak - Lightkeeper

Slumberland feat. Sainkho Namtchylak - Lightkeeper

Belgian musician, composer and instrument-maker Jochem Baelus has been unleashing his obscure, hypnotic krautrock embellished with distorted exotica upon us as Slumberland since 2013. After creating his signature battery of sewing machines, projectors and dismantled mechanical objects, Baelus immersed himself into the world of 64 year old voice-artist Sainkho Namtchylak and assembled a new sound sculpture inspired by her colour.

Namtchylak grew up in Tuva, an autonomous Russian republic north of Mongolia. She, known as a rebel pur sang, became the first female overtone artist, started combining these traditional chants with influences from avant-garde music and working with artists such as Evan Parker and Tinariwen.

​Her indomitable demons and Russian beat-poetry are now accompanied by Bealus’ compelling, minimal yet vigorous compositions. 

For their collaboration on Slumberland's third upcoming full album Lightkeeper Baelus worked with the Canadien/Lebanese sound engineer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart, Constellation Records), recording amidst the trees at Gam Studio in the Belgian Ardennes and mixing at Hotel 2 Tango in Montréal.

The album was mastered by James Plotkin and was released on the 14th of November by Berlin’s Morphine Records (Senyawa, Pierre Bastien) founded by Rabih Beaini.

1. Zarja Zakat Zarja
2. 1000 Days
3. Bullroarer
4. II Widna
5. Doll Toys
6. Poet's Beacon


Slumberland feat. Sainkho Namtchylak (14.11.2022 - Morphine Records)

Jochem Baelus: modified and mechanical instruments, synths, drums, flutes.
Sainkho Namtchylak: vocals

Music by Jochem Baelus
Lyrics and vocal melodies by Sainkho Namtchylak.
Produced by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Jochem Baelus
Recorded and mixed by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Gam studios and Hotel2tango
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by Lorenzo Mason studio