Published May 27, 2011On their own, Sun Araw and Eternal Tapestry are already responsible for some very heady psych music. Thanks to their longtime friendships, however, the two projects have teamed up for a collaborative LP called Night Gallery.
A press release explains that how the record was conceived with the following description:
The lineup was Dewey Mahood and Nick Bindeman on guitars, Jed Bindeman on drums, Ryan Carlile on tenor sax, Yoni Kifle on bass, and Cameron Stallones on keyboard and trademark flute. After a brief discussion of mood, the six musicians improvised together for 45 minutes continuously. The music is heard as played that evening -- no overdubs, and only a few edits to create a four section suite for the LP release. The piece is titled Night Gallery, in homage to the surreal early 1970's TV show produced by Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame. It was this program that the six musicians fell asleep to, and woke up with, during their five day stay in Austin.
Night Gallery will be available on July 19 via Thrill Jockey and that's the cover above.
Along with Night Gallery, Sun Araw will also be releasing the project's fifth full-length, titled Ancient Romans, as a double-LP on white vinyl in a gatefold jacket with an accompanying art book, as well as on CD, on August 23 through Sun Ark Records.
According to the press release, "Heartfelt and marbled, this album is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back eight stages along the circumference of the circle to the point where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom, gaining freedom from it."
You can hear the new album track "Crete" here on Wire.
Sun Araw will also be touring around North America, including a stop at Montreal's MUTEK festival. All dates are available below.
6/2 Montreal, QC - Mutek Fest
6/3 Brooklyn, NY - Coco 66
6/4 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
6/5 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
6/7 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
7/31 Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Fest