The latest full-length album from Cameron Stallones’ Sun Araw is as strange and blasted / stoned as we’ve come to expect from the project. The Saddle of The Increate, which is apparently about being a cowboy, is full of cascading electronics and dubby structures, with song-singing vocals and licks of countrified pedal steel occasionally pushing through. Pretty out stuff on the Sun Ark label.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 20 April 2017
Sun. The Sun, The Sunnster, Sun is back! With a brand new album on Sun Ark! Here is your favourite nonsense conjurer, in full swing, fiddling with his machines like a drunkard trying to use keys. “This one’s gonna sort of try to be a 4/4 house groove” but oh no, there it goes again, falling off the grid onto the floor with a comedic wallop.
This one’s supposed to be about cowboys, and indeed, the sprawling, sparse guitar fragments and spoken words paint a definite image of a hat-clad rancher. But it’s more like an impression of a cowboy as seen through the eyes of Picasso or a peak-trip Hunter S Thompson, or printed out from a crashed Windows 98 PC. There are synthetic fragments galore, all very dry and decrepit, some sounding like the earliest 80s 8bit MIDI stuff while some perform hilarious pitchbend athletics. Yep, so pretty Sun Araw-y.
Descriptions demon Tom gave this the perfect description - ‘cascading electronics’. But what surprises me is that there are actual grooves to be found here, and my exposure to Sun Araw so far has been anything but groovy, totally meaningless electronic noodling. Maybe i’ve been listening to the wrong ones, but this manages to stay on certain rhythmic and chordal themes (‘Orthrus’ anyone?), so for those that see the Sun Araw project as pure nonsense will probably find solace here. Plus those vocals are just plain weird, without rhyme or reason for when they appear. Fun times.
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