8 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sun Araw is the solo vehicle of San Francisco–based guitarist Cameron Stallones, an increasingly prolific underground mainstay who has helped guide neo-psych rockers Magic Lantern through a set of hypnotic, increasingly dub-steeped releases and has collaborated with artists as diverse as drone darlings Pocahaunted and reggae legends The Congos. Ancient Romans is the fifth Sun Araw full-length and, like all Sun Araw efforts thus far, inhabits a murky sonic headspace that splits the difference between the instrumental meanderings of krautrock mainstays like Moebius & Plank and the wondrous theatricality of some of Ennio Morricone’s more ominous, synthesizer-laden soundtrack work. The results are reliably mesmerizing. Cameron’s dreamy, rigorously minimal compositions never devolve into directionless noodling, and close listening reveals Ancient Romans to be a fastidiously constructed album whose luxuriant guitar and synth textures have the hallucinatory radiance of fever dreams.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sun Araw is the solo vehicle of San Francisco–based guitarist Cameron Stallones, an increasingly prolific underground mainstay who has helped guide neo-psych rockers Magic Lantern through a set of hypnotic, increasingly dub-steeped releases and has collaborated with artists as diverse as drone darlings Pocahaunted and reggae legends The Congos. Ancient Romans is the fifth Sun Araw full-length and, like all Sun Araw efforts thus far, inhabits a murky sonic headspace that splits the difference between the instrumental meanderings of krautrock mainstays like Moebius & Plank and the wondrous theatricality of some of Ennio Morricone’s more ominous, synthesizer-laden soundtrack work. The results are reliably mesmerizing. Cameron’s dreamy, rigorously minimal compositions never devolve into directionless noodling, and close listening reveals Ancient Romans to be a fastidiously constructed album whose luxuriant guitar and synth textures have the hallucinatory radiance of fever dreams.

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