nick thinks… Top 25 of 2008: 10 // Sun Araw – Beach Head (Not Not Fun 2008)

sunaraw

you’re probably gonna hate this one

Nick: oh don’t start like that, I may not, you never know.

(after 10 or so minutes)

strangely enough I like it, I like it a lot but… I want to see the movie that comes with it, it strikes me as very illustrative, evocative. so evocative i find it hard to believe that there is no accompanying visuals.

but that’s not to say it doesn’t stand on it’s own.

well, look at the cover, like all the best album covers it looks just like the record sounds. I think the idea is probably to get really stoned and stare at that for the 40 minutes

yes, I was just about to say I reckon it would work even better if your slightly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

the thing with this kind of music, it’s so unstructured and formless it can go anywhere which also means it kind of goes nowhere, like this piece could play on like this for about a year.

whoever this is, they need to get a job in the movies quick, it’s Ennio Morricone on drugs, sort of.

Morricone did his fair share of psychedelic music in the early days.

would you call this psychedelic?

very much so, would you not?

yes I guess it does have a bit of that to it.

unfortunately there’s always a slight, what should I say….because it’s so unstructured, maybe that’s not the word, but it does lack a recognizable structure.. and because of that it can leave you somewhat unfulfilled, no matter how many times you listen to it, none of it will stick in your mind, no melodies anyway, just the general feel or atmosphere that it creates.

you wander when you listen to it

wonder about what?

no wander with an ‘a’, you wander through an endless field forever, and that, to me, is unsatisfactory.

I used to get stoned pretty much all the time, these days never, but if I still did; this top 25 would be chock-full of stuff like this. Information on Sun Araw is scarce. From what I can gather, this is a guy called Cameron who plays in the band Magic Lantern. That’s it, no myspace or anything like that so you’re just gonna have to stare at the record cover and imagine what it sounds like (hints – sunrise drones, tonnes of reverb, elephant-plodding rhythms, widdly widdly guitar, chiming bells, waves crashing etc etc) , or y’know buy/steal it from the net.

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2 responses to “nick thinks… Top 25 of 2008: 10 // Sun Araw – Beach Head (Not Not Fun 2008)

    • last i heard it was sold out, but that’s not to say it isn’t available at the magical free internet shop, not that i condone that sort of thing.

      ruan

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