Half Moon Day

by The Stages of Sleep

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Recorded in two weeks in the hills of Mount Tamalpais. These songs travel through everyday monotony, isolation, and common insecurities, to the sublime and beautiful, in the human search for answers. Explores themes of relationships, impermanence, and finding home. Will appeal to fans of Andrew Bird, Beirut, and Jose Gonzalez. A subtle blend of indie rock and world music with an acoustic folk backbone creates a timeless, nostalgic feeling of solidarity and hope. Featuring acoustic and electric guitar, piano, violin, horns, and dynamic vocals.

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released July 4, 2016

Music & Lyrics by Jason Ardiles

Produced by: Seth Paris & Jason Ardiles

Jason Ardiles - Lead Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Percussion
Dustin Silva - Electric Guitar/Ambient Guitar/Piano/Vocals/Percussion
Seth Paris – Clarinet & Vocals
Rich Stein - Percussion
Jacob Silver – Bass/Upright Bass
Andrew Byars - Cornet/Trombone
JJ Byars - Wurlitzer Piano/Vocals/Electric Guitar
Tony Montalbano - Vocals/Percussion - *Candle Trees
Magali Sanscartier - Violin
Max Savage - Additional Production - *Cairo Time
Steven Horgan - Drums - *Cebu Flower & *Nausea
Njoki Gitahi Background Vocals - *July,
Gwendolyn Low - Background Vocals - *July
Rich Levinson - Bira Box sampled on - *For Now & *Nausea

Recording Engineer: Seth Paris
Mixing Engineer: Seth Paris
Mastered by RD - Twin Peaks Mastering

Recorded at: TamSound, Marin County, California

Artwork: Njoki Gitahi

Special Thanks: Matt Kursh, Danny Piccione, Steve Boyd, Justin England, Dustin Silva, Gwendolyn Low, Njoki Gitahi, Eli Carlton-Pearson, Pantoll Campground, July 18th, 2011, Open mics, our friends, our enemies, and especially our patient families.

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The Stages of Sleep San Francisco, California

The Stages of Sleep is loosely based in the San Francisco Bay Area. There have been several incarnations of the band, with songwriter and front-man Jason Ardiles always at the heart.
Their latest album, Half Moon Day was released in 2016.
Jason is currently working on perfecting his one-man acoustic/electric live looping performance and is armed with new material for his next trip to the studio.
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Track Name: July
The alarm goes off
roll out of bed, brush your teeth, brush your hair
dress yourself
Drink your coffee, eat your toast and eggs
it's time to go
Head to the car, buckle up and
put it in reverse
Turn on the radio station that plays that
same pop song
Take that route to work you know so well
it's left then right
Someone always seems to cut you off, so
flip them off
Arrive at work at nine
it's time to shine

work till 5
Back at home but something is pulling you
out the door
call up your friends seeing if they wanna
play all night
no one picks up, that's ok
you'd rather go by yourself
Next town over has an open mic
it's Monday night
pick up your guitar
it is time to shine

play two songs
to the drunks who don't know what the hell is
going on
suddenly you see a pair of eyes that
strikes/stops you blind
A half a smile that breaks you, makes you forget
all your night
got 5 seconds, make an impression and just
Swallow your pride
So try to buckle up cause
it's time to shine

Alarm goes off
Track Name: Cebu Flower
Cebu flower perches on uncertainty
searches on distant shores
A dirty world does nothing

catch them if you can
before they disappear

Cebu flower is a lonely bird
human touch stains the nest
A dirty world does nothing

catch them if you can
before they disappear

flap away
flap away
and be loud

I'll find you someday
I'll find you someday
so be loud

sing away
and be loud
Track Name: A Wet Match
I'll talk with my hands
this unsettled dance
but who is to know?
wandering thoughts which will grow
Only once the one that counts
whatever decisions you will bounce
from the wrong one
from the right one

standing clear
from an awkward fear
Don't try to strike a match
while it's wet, don't regret
that you waited too long
to replace a song
all you need is a day
to crawl into that window

Face your fading light & save your energy
These days are comforting cause you believe in your dreams
Hope is not a word that you throw to the curb

Someone is listening
Someone is listening
Track Name: Cairo Time
the past is my distant enemy
the present is my aging pet
the future is my lover

all that I know has gotten old
a let down cure
it's a little bit premature
A lover's coma
keep feeding the tubes
used up minutes
no response
It's you that I want


the past is my distant enemy
the present is my aging pet
the future is my lover

Don't end up in a box that you'll never open
Same place & same time
I resent this silence
presumed bored
familiar disappointments
used up minutes
no response
It's you that I want


step by step, Side by side
step by step, Side by side
Track Name: Orion's Belt
We sense it all
stars dance as one
Don't stare at the suns
3 points away to float back home

Satellites chasing after me
Black fumes right in front of me
It's getting dark and cold
Orion's belt will guide us back home

Airless sounds
Give us a sense of now
Swimming through the stars
3 points away to float back home

Satellites chasing after me
Black fumes right in front of me
It's getting dark and cold
Orion's belt will guide us back home
Track Name: Candle Trees
Cold souls in a winter's bloom
wanna escape on my hot air balloon?
A dim light across the way
freefall down half moon bay

Swim out and float with me
The wax moon over the open sea
You blew out the candle trees
you wished for it all
while you sit and dream.

You know I think we have done this many times
But we still don't got it memorized
If only a wish couldn't sense
all who beg
all who beg
I will not beg

Swim out and float with me
The wax moon over the open sea
You blew out the candle trees
you wished for it all
while you sit and dream

A faint smoke curl kinda looking like you
A faint smoke curl kinda looking like you
Track Name: Nausea
a room becomes a cell
closed bars on a bed
a boy who made mistakes
a home to escape

I'm dizzy with relief
Don't dismiss this feeling
I'm dizzy with relief
Don't dismiss this feeling


it's easier to pretend
it's easier to forget

Even an honest man must lie
his welcoming denial
Even an honest man must lie
his welcoming denial

I'm dizzy with relief
Don't dismiss this feeling
I'm dizzy with relief
Don't dismiss this feeling
Track Name: Lonesome House
Wind down
Wind down
Wind down

Find me
in the lonesome house

On a hill
far from you
away from you

Find me
in the lonesome house