A Cure for Sleep

by Jascha Hoffman

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Some Hungry Guy (free) 03:15
Green & Grey 01:26
Mirror 02:36
Corydon 03:27
Too Young 03:26
Phonograph 03:47
Curse 02:42
Believers 05:04
Drunk 03:30


It began with a nightmare. When he woke,
Jascha Hoffman decided to keep track of his
dreams on a blog. Then he began to send
them to his friends, sparking a series of
musical collaborations that grew into a sort
of pop dream catalog. In time this grew into
the set of vulnerable and eccentric songs at
the heart of his first album, A Cure for Sleep.

With hushed vocals and unexpected twists,
the songs on A Cure for Sleep open up a
world of intimacy and loneliness. They have
the playfulness of Regina Spektor, the
earnestness of Sufjan Stevens, and the wit of
the Magnetic Fields. Like dreams they cover
a wide range of moods and registers—
anthems and lullabies, curses and laments,
hymns and whodunits.

Originally released under "Jascha vs. Jascha."


released April 20, 2010

JASCHA HOFFMAN: vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar, percussion

JESSE OLSEN: drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, backup vocals, percussion


Debby Gipsman: backup vocals (on tracks 1, 4, 5 and 7)
Loren Ludwig: viola da gamba (on tracks 4, 6, 8 and 9)
Bjørn Solli: slide and electric guitars (on tracks 1, 4 and 10)
Dina Maccabee: viola and violin (on tracks 3 and 5)
Marié Abe: accordion (on track 7)
and Rafael Cohen: analog drones (on tracks 1, 4, 5 and 8)

Produced and arranged by Jesse Olsen and Jascha Hoffman.
String arrangements by Bjørn Solli, Loren Ludwig, and Dina Maccabee.
Recorded and mixed by Scott McDowell at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco.
Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering in Brooklyn.
Art and design by Shawn Feeney, inspired by the art of Winsor McKay.

All songs (C) Jascha Hoffman except "Corydon" (words by D. A. Powell) "Phonograph" (words by Robert Johnson).


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Jascha Hoffman's concept-driven albums mine dark themes to produce subtle and bittersweet songs that span genres from indie folk to classic pop.

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