Let’s get the basics out of the way quickly: Sun Araw, the prolific solo project of drone-psych specialist (and Magic Lantern member) Cameron Stallones, has a new album called Ancient Romans coming out on August 23. Stallones’ own Sun Ark label will put out the record, with some help from the good people at Drag City. The album will be available as a fairly extravagant double white vinyl in a gatefold jacket, complete with fancy accompanying art book, and a somewhat less extravagant CD version. And if you’re looking for a first taste of the record, look no further than this Mp3 of “Crete.”
Okay. Let me tell you why I wanted to get all the essential info on this Sun Araw record out so swiftly. See, the description of this record in the press release (as well as the Sun Araw site) is so awesome, it turns my brain into flan. Not gelatin, not pudding, none of those low-class treats. Flan. Here it goes:
Heartfelt and marbled, this album is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back 8 stages along the circumference of the circle to the point where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom, gaining freedom from it.
God, don’t you just want to inhale that? I read that and I want to cry, it’s so rad. By the way, it’s worth mentioning that Sun Araw is going on a quick tour of the Northeastern United States (and a tiny lil’ bit of Canada). If any of those shows are even 10% as great as that above quote, then you must go. That said, I don’t blame you if you’re just going to stay home and read that quote over and over again.
Ancient Romans tracklist:
02. Crown Shell
04. Lute and Lyre
05. At Delphi
06. Fit for Caesar
06.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Mutek Festival
06.03.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Coco 66 (WHERES YR CHILD V NYC) *
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent St. ^
06.05.11 - Baltimore, MA - Ottobar ^ +
06.06.11 - New York, NY - 108 Leonard St. (Moral Combat) #
06.07.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s ^ !
* House/Italo Night DJ Sets from Sun Araw, Sex Worker, Psychic Reality,
^ The Sun Araw Band, M Geddes Gengras
~ D’eon, Matthewdavid
+ Run DMT, Zomes
# G Lucas Crane
! Excepter, Daniel Higgs, Deep Magic