9 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired by long slow takes from cameras in filmmaking, Sun Araw’s sixth studio album plays with panoramic, audio soundscapes unfolding before your ears. At over eight-and-a-half minutes long, the opening “Ma Holo” kicks off On Patrol with sleepy tropical funk played at head-nodding tempos and filtered through a humid gauze of lo-fidelity production. The similarly lengthy “Beat Cop” grooves slowly with dub-infused loops under bubbling analog effects and a hypnotic mantra of beats. “Conga Mind” sounds like Neil Young jamming with Lee Perry from the Pacific Ocean floor as nasal-inflected vocals croon over pulsing psychedelic organ drones and a soothing repetition of beats. Although “Deep Cover” gets a bit heavier on the rhythms, it doesn’t stray from Sun Araw’s quasi-formulaic penchant for producing the kind of peripheral ambiance that delivers intricate textures, should the listener choose to hone-in instead of zone-out. Eschewing bass and drums for the low stings on a guitar and a wah-wah pedal, “Dimension Alley” is a watery soundscape of undulating reverb and cosmic noodling. The epic “Holodeck Blues” closes with nearly 17 minutes of inner space rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired by long slow takes from cameras in filmmaking, Sun Araw’s sixth studio album plays with panoramic, audio soundscapes unfolding before your ears. At over eight-and-a-half minutes long, the opening “Ma Holo” kicks off On Patrol with sleepy tropical funk played at head-nodding tempos and filtered through a humid gauze of lo-fidelity production. The similarly lengthy “Beat Cop” grooves slowly with dub-infused loops under bubbling analog effects and a hypnotic mantra of beats. “Conga Mind” sounds like Neil Young jamming with Lee Perry from the Pacific Ocean floor as nasal-inflected vocals croon over pulsing psychedelic organ drones and a soothing repetition of beats. Although “Deep Cover” gets a bit heavier on the rhythms, it doesn’t stray from Sun Araw’s quasi-formulaic penchant for producing the kind of peripheral ambiance that delivers intricate textures, should the listener choose to hone-in instead of zone-out. Eschewing bass and drums for the low stings on a guitar and a wah-wah pedal, “Dimension Alley” is a watery soundscape of undulating reverb and cosmic noodling. The epic “Holodeck Blues” closes with nearly 17 minutes of inner space rock.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
Epic Problem ,

A Glorious Bugout

Ultra-reverb space dub that bubbles and rolls through gas-lit back alleys as shimmering guitar drips like dew off of strobe-lit palms. This mellow hallucinogen is a slow glowing ride.

SeedsOfLove ,

Fabulous

I could imagine myself cruising down the beach streets of Miami in my DeLorean, flying past psychedelic palm trees and rainbow oceans with flickering pink skies...

BSchwarz1995 ,

Took a while, but really grew on me

I'm not usually one to listen to this kind of music, but after being introduced to Sun Araw through Hotline Miami and discovering some other work of his, I really took a liking to this album. There's a nice beat through the first two songs, Deep Cover fit the mood of Hotline Miami really well and stands up on its own, and the rest of the album pulls together nicely. It really does make me imagine a cop on patrol in a dystopian future--I guess in it's own way, the music tells a story. Give it a listen and decide.

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