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Rock Sutra

    ‘Rock Sutra’ is the new space rock album from Sun Araw. ‘Roomboe’, the first track, illustrates this process. Experience is elastic. Humans alive right now tend to think there is some sort of ‘baseline’ experience of a thing, a room, a person, a feeling, some version we all agree on. This isn't true at all: experience is completely dependent on the quality of attention of the experiencer. There is a granularity to experience that, when tuned up, reveals deeper and deeper space inside of things. When you zoom in (by pure observation: by not-articulating, not-thinking), you create ‘room’, you make space. Just like that. For instance, ‘Roomboe’ has an extremely limited tonal framework; about 9 notes for the main guitar melody. As the guitar pushes against these melodic limitations with continually renewed attention and energy, it begins to create space around itself. And all of the sudden (at about 4:57), out of this constriction, space balloons up from everywhere simultaneously. ‘Roomboe’ is a clue about how to open a portal outwards into free space.

    ‘78 Sutra’ is about orbital motion. ‘Catalina’ is about taking a walk. ‘Arrambe’ is about a peculiar feeling you can get when you zoom in far enough. The music is offered in a spirit of generosity and adventure; it doesn’t stay put and it keeps zooming in to reveal more and more. The album was recorded live-to-midi with the band and this is the first Sun Araw album recorded like that. That band is Jon Leland on drums and percussion and Marc Riordan on synthesizers and Cameron Stallones on synthesizers and guitar and vocals.

    Cameron Stallones is an American musician who works under the name Sun Araw.

    Previously a member of the band Magic Lantern, he has released several albums of experimental music, including a collaboration with Jamaican reggae group The Congos.

    He has also worked as part of the Not Not Fun label ‘supergroup’ Vibes.

    ‘The Inner Treaty’ is the sixth album from Sun Araw, and it is available from Sun Ark Records via Drag City.

    Written, performed and produced by Cameron Stallones, and mastered by Sonic Boom.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Darryl says: After his universally loved collaboration with the Congos, Cameron Stallones aka Sun Araw hits us with his sixth LP. 'The Inner Treaty' sees Stallones take us on an improvised and deeply cosmic trip to the outer limits of his mind, step inside if you dare!!


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