30 Songs, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sense of transcendent awe pervades Sleeping at Last’s Atlas: Year One, evoked with soaring melodic lines and shimmering, exquisitely layered arrangements. The work of studio auteur Ryan O’Neal, these 30 tracks (drawn from six previously released EPs) combine folk, classical, and pop motifs with haunting meditations on family ties, the wonders of the natural world, and the eternal nature of the Spirit. From the compassionate “I’ll Keep You Safe” and the nostalgic “Heirloom” to the billowing “Jupiter” and the thoughtful “West,” the album achieves a widescreen grandeur that doesn’t hide the fine details of O’Neal’s lyrical vision.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sense of transcendent awe pervades Sleeping at Last’s Atlas: Year One, evoked with soaring melodic lines and shimmering, exquisitely layered arrangements. The work of studio auteur Ryan O’Neal, these 30 tracks (drawn from six previously released EPs) combine folk, classical, and pop motifs with haunting meditations on family ties, the wonders of the natural world, and the eternal nature of the Spirit. From the compassionate “I’ll Keep You Safe” and the nostalgic “Heirloom” to the billowing “Jupiter” and the thoughtful “West,” the album achieves a widescreen grandeur that doesn’t hide the fine details of O’Neal’s lyrical vision.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Brilliant

loudontheinside,

Amazing. Im forever in love with this. I already bought all the separate EP’s, but aghdsafklh. beautiful<3

Ryan's best work to date.

Peripheral,

These songs are beautiful and written with sheer craft. The themes are very powerful and inspirational. This is a highly recommended collection of songs.

Sonic Love at First Listen

FHBoy,

Don't question the genius that is Ryan O'Neal. He has crafted 30 sonic masterpieces. I honestly don't know how he keeps getting better. The "Yearbook" project was already a work of art, and I daresay this surpasses it.

Seriously. Just hit the "Buy" button now. This music is worth so much more than what it actually costs.

About Sleeping At Last

Based out of suburban Chicago, emo-inflected alt-rockers Sleeping at Last formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Ryan O'Neal, drumming sibling Chad O'Neal, and bass player Dan Perdue. The trio began to build a local following, playing wherever possible and doing the occasional support gig. After sparking the interest of Billy Corgan with their self-released full-length, Capture, the erstwhile Smashing Pumpkin aided the group in securing a record deal with Interscope, who signed the band in late 2002. Ghosts, their official debut, appeared in October 2003, followed by a national tour opening for Switchfoot. The independently released Keep No Score arrived in 2006, followed in 2009 by Storyboards, the latter of which featured orchestral arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.

By this time, Sleeping at Last had become a solo vehicle for Ryan O'Neal, who was reaping the rewards of a burgeoning composing career, landing songs on popular television shows like Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Criminal Minds, Believe, and So You Think You Can Dance; the Sleeping at Last song "Turning Page" appeared in two versions of the original motion picture soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as well. O'Neal is also the composer for the Rainn Wilson-produced children's program Kid President: Declaration of Awesome on the HUB network. In 2011, under the Sleeping at Last moniker, O'Neal began releasing three songs a month for the ambitious, subscription-based Yearbook project. The long-form conceptual Atlas enterprise followed the same format in 2013, with its first installment, Atlas: Year One (30 Songs), reaching completion the following year. Commissioned by the ABC network (for Grey's Anatomy), Covers, Vol. 1 arrived that same year, while 2016 saw the release of the original motion picture soundtracks for the films Many Beautiful Things and The Spring. Covers, Vol. 2 was also released in 2016, and Atlas: Space arrived the following year. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Wheaton, IL
  • FORMED
    1999

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