Though originally a post-rock group, the intercontinental duo Arms & Sleepers have been releasing much more focussed and concise music of late. This trend continues on Find The Right Place, a pretty LP that fuses the sounds of dream-pop, downtempo ambience, plunderphonics and glitchy electronica. The result is an album that lands somewhere between Bonobo’s Black Sands and The Avalanches’s Since I Left You.
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Arms and Sleepers have made 26 releases in 11 years, and they’ve made the most of that by constantly growing and changing. ‘Find The Right Place’ is a mixture of trip-hop without the malaise, and not so lo-fi lo-fi beats. But Arms and Sleepers used to be a post-rock band, and you can tell. One of the things that unite the broadchurch of post-rock is a willingness to be emotional, to be euphoric. And this tendency still finds itself in Arms and Sleepers music. This music is so entirely warm and sun-drenched that I’m struggling to wipe this smile off my face.
The sun-streaming-through-the-windows optimism of ‘It Was Us’ is as fantastical as anything that The Avalanches have produced. And maybe it’s because we’ve just had a little taste of summer in the middle of this April, but this stuff is really resonating with me right now. ‘I’m Not Sour, You’re a Bitch’, despite it’s fucking awful name, has that organic electronic sound that Gold Panda has been dabbling with for his entire career. It’s the drums here that are doing it. They squelch and scrape, and sound more grown than “produced”. The features on the album round all this out nicely. Hearing rappers tackle these beats grounds them. Amber Ryann, who appears on two tracks, is a particularly welcome presence.
The album title is a challenge. Arms and Sleepers’ Mirza Ramic found his right place in Durbe, Latvia. Though it’s hard to imagine that our usually grey Leeds inspiring an album like this, when the sun’s out I think I’ve found the right place too.
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