Several years since their latest release, Philadelphia art-rock duo Tulipomania presents their fifth album ‘Dreaming of Sleep’, released via Sursumcorda Records. Over the years, their music has been dubbed cult synth punks, glam-leaning, post-punk, art-rock and muscular chamber pop, but on this album, the duo was heavily immersed in electronic means of creation.

With cover artwork by Michael Speed, senior designer at Beggars Group London, this record involves Executive Producer Howard Thompson, renowned for his contributions as a record industry executive (Elektra, Island, Almo Sounds), having discovered and/or worked with Adam and the Ants, Billy Bragg, MC5, Mötorhead, PiL, Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock, The Sugarcubes, Suicide, among others.

“Having something to show for our efforts always feels like a triumph although the circumstances that motivated this album were anything but – there lies the contradiction. Attempting to grapple with the state of the things in the world recently is extremely satisfying, nonetheless. The music and the animations that support it explore outrage, powerlessness – and the knowing kind of sorrow that emerges from those states of mind – often in bursts of absurdity. Being aware of the ridiculous often feels like salvation,” says Cheryl Gelover, who first met Tom Murray, the other half of Tulipomania, through experimental film and animation classes.

In the lead-up to the album, Tulipomania released the lead track ‘You Had to Be There’ and a remix created by UK music legend Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, The Human League) and Charles Stooke, which was featured on WIRE Magazine’s cover-mounted Wiretapper CD compilation for October.

The latest animated video for ‘Then and Only Then’ features lip sync, original and vintage footage shot frame by frame, collaged on sheets of black paper – is an official selection at the CutOut Fest International festival of animation and digital art this November in Mexico.

“Musically, the album feels like an interpretive dance to me. A reaction to overwhelming anxiety and frustration – while also mirroring and grappling with this ridiculous anxious age we are living in. Lyrically, consciously, and subconsciously, the themes of loss, frustration and fear are I think clearly on display – with anger, disbelief and a realization of a total lack of control or even influence beyond what we could exert on the instrumentation, the songs and the animations themselves,” says Tom Murray.

“We tried to use only the first takes of any performances or musical ideas as much as possible. Vocals were recorded in one or two takes in almost every case. We wanted to make everything about the groove and the song. We wanted to not be tempted to use instrumentation we are already comfortable with. I think this lack of control and slight on-edge process pairs well with the music and lyrics. I hope the results speak for themselves.”

Artistic, inventive and gorgeous, Tulipomania’s animated music videos have been featured in film festivals worldwide, with several already showcasing their latest few videos as an official selection, including the Leeds International Film Festival (UK), StopTrik (Croatia, Poland), AniFilm (Czech Republic), Insomnia (Russia), Malatesta (Italy) and CutOut animation festival (Mexico), as well as earning an Honorable Mention at the Montreal International Animation Film Festival – Animaze and named as finalist af the Amarcort Film Festival in Fellini’s hometown.

Tulipomania also created animated music videos – ‘Hush’ and ‘Shock To The Body’ – for Cabaret Voltaire founder / frontman Stephen Mallinder in support of his solo album ‘tick, tick, tick’ (out now via Dais Records).

As of November 17, the ‘Dream of Sleep’ album is available digitally from fine music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where it can also be obtained on CD and vinyl.

Music and lyrics written by Tulipomania
Cheryl Gelover – keyboards and vocals
Tom Murray – bass, drums, keyboards and lead vocals
Produced and recorded by Tulipomania and Richard Hartline
Howard Thompson – Executive Producer
Film directors / animators – Cheryl Gelover and Tom Murray
Cover artwork created by Michael Speed
Publicity by Shameless Promotion PR

1 . You Had To Be There 03:32
2 . And Then 02:49
3 . Do You Remember? 03:04
4 . From D.C. To Daylight 03:18
5 . Fades Away 02:55
6 . Then And Only Then 03:05
7 . Blank-Gone It’s Gone 02:57
8 . Shines On 02:53
9 . It’s About Time 03:43
10 . Time Will Tell 02:51