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
23 Ratings
23 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.

About Sun Araw

The working title of a project helmed by former Austinite and Magic Lantern member Cameron Stallones, Sun Araw has drawn compelling comparisons to such varied sources as Afro-beat, Neil Young, and Spacemen 3. As part of the communal label Not Not Fun, Sun Araw has released a number of well-received and continually groundbreaking full-lengths and singles, the first two of which -- 2008's The Phynx and Beach Head -- were psychedelic interpretations of myriad source materials, and led to the breakthrough of 2009's Heavy Deeds, which was considered by many to be Sun Araw's best at the time.

The project would continue in 2010, first with a single commemorating the opening of the Sun Ark studio begun by Stallones and his compatriots. That year would also see the release of the next Sun Araw LP, On Patrol, as well as the EP Off Duty, both on New York label Woodsist. In addition to his work with Sun Araw and Magic Lantern, Stallones was a contributor to a number of different projects, including Pocahaunted's Passage full-length.

Sun Araw kicked off 2011 with the Houston Abstros EP released by Monofonus Press in April, followed by a full-length collaboration with Eternal Tapestry entitled Night Gallery (on Thrill Jockey) in July and his next long-player, Ancient Romans, in August, on his Drag City-distributed Sun Ark label. In 2012, he joined with the like-minded M. Geddes Gengras along with the legendary reggae group the Congos on Icon Give Thank, an entry in the Rvng Intl. label's collaboration series FRKWYS. Also in 2012, he issued the first two volumes in his limited-edition cassette-only series Sun Ark Prayer Tapes, and in September released the full-length Inner Treaty. Stallones participated in an experimental electronic outfit called Celebrate Music Synthesizer Group, whose self-titled double LP was released in 2013. In 2014, Sun Araw returned with Belomancie, an experimental double album, followed in 2015 by another double album, The Gazebo Effect, credited to S. Araw "Trio" XI. In 2016, Professional Sunflow, a live double-LP collaboration between Sun Araw and new age pioneer Laraaji, was released by W.25TH, an imprint of reissue label Superior Viaduct. Sun Araw released the Western-influenced The Saddle of the Increate, another lengthy effort, in 2017. ~ Chris True

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