The story behind Sleep Cycle, the gorgeously introspective new album by part-time Animal Collective member Josh Dibb, better known as Deakin, is a long, frustrating but ultimately uplifting one. It began in 2009 when Deakin temporarily left Animal Collective before the release of their landmark Merriweather Post Pavilion; wanting to pursue a solo career, Deakin set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund a trip to Mali for a music festival, promising a solo record as a reward.
He raised $26,000 and performed at the Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu, but in 2012, fans were a little more than disappointed when Deakin’s album had not surfaced. In an interview with Pitchfork, Deakin explained that he used none of the $26,000 either for his travel expenses or for recording the album, rather donating the money to TEMEDT, a Malian organization dedicated to helping enslaved Tuareg people. What of the album, though?