I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read that Jeff Bridges had recorded an ambient album. My heart lept into my throat as I could only imagine what he put together.
It’s not his first foray into music though – “he’s put out several albums with his band the Abiders, and he won an Oscar for his role as a country musician in Crazy Heart. Fans of The Big Lebowski were also treated to a vinyl pressing of the movie’s soundtrack last year.”
Sleeping Tapes was produced with the help of Keefus Ciancia, who has written music for True Detective and Nashville, and mastering engineer Doug Sax, and he’s launched it through a new website, DreamingwithJeff.com, in partnership with Squarespace.
“While working on the Sleeping Tapes album we put in some long hours,” Bridges said. “Listening back to our day’s work, I’d often drift off. I’d wake up and smile saying, ‘This stuff works.’”
The 15-track, two-part album features Jeff’s gravely voice with ambient basslines, soft acoustic instruments and some stock recordings of kids playing, or leaves crunching. Personally, I think I would be way too hyped to listen to this the first time through to get any kind of meaningful sleep. After the first listen, once I’m used to it and familiar with it however, I could absolutely see myself dozing off to this and waking up with a subconscious hidden love for Jeff Bridges. Then again, it’s not the most shameful celebrity crush.
The album comes as a “pay what you want,” and all proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, a charity that Bridges has been supporting for several years.