Sun Araw

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Sun Araw
Picture of Sun Araw performing at the Arcata Playhouse on March 26, 2011
Performing live in March 2011
Background information
Birth name Cameron Stallones
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Genres Experimental music, psychedelic rock, dub, reggae
Labels Not Not Fun, Woodsist, Sun Ark, Thrill Jockey
Associated acts Magic Lantern, Vibes, Pocahaunted
Website sunaraw.com

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.

Biography[edit]

Originally from Austin, Texas, Stallones now resides in Long Beach, California.[1] Stallones was associated with the Not Not Fun label, and released his debut album, The Phynx in 2008.[2] This was followed later that year with Beach Head.[3] He has been prolific since then with three albums released in 2010 and two in 2011. Stallones also collaborated with Pocahaunted on the Passage album.[2]

Stallones set up his Sun Ark studio in his Long Beach home, where he records most of his music.

His 2012 collaboration with M. Geddes Gengras and The Congos Icon Give Thank reached number seven on the Billboard Top World Albums chart.[4] Sun Araw and The Congos also performed live together.[5]

Musical style[edit]

His 2010 album Off Duty was described by Allmusic writer Gregory Heaney as "pulsing, Krautrock-influenced retro-futuristic lo-fi."[6] Jon Pareles, writing for The New York Times, described Sun Araw's music as "a happy jungle of electronic repetition and live playing." Loops and echoes reconfigured reggae, funk and Afrobeat in dizzying ways; the music cackled and hopped, ready to trip up dancers or just get trippy in decidedly 21st-century grooves."[7]

His style has been characterized as experimental, containing "sampled loops, echoed vocals, bursting bass, and random moments."[8] His music has also been described as "neo-dub" and "psych-rock."[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The Phynx (2008), Not Not Fun
  • Beach Head (2008), Not Not Fun
  • Heavy Deeds (2009), Not Not Fun
  • On Patrol (2010), Not Not Fun
  • Leaves Like These (2010), Sun Ark
  • Major Grotto (2010), Sun Ark
  • Night Gallery (2011), Thrill Jockey - with Eternal Tapestry
  • Ancient Romans (2011), Sun Ark/Drag City
  • Icon Give Thank (2012), RVNG Intl - with M. Geddes Gingras and The Congos, released with the Icon Eye film in the FRKWYS series
  • The Inner Treaty (2012), Sun Ark/Drag City
  • Belomancie (2014), Drag City

EPs[edit]

  • Boat Trip (2008), Woodsist
  • Off Duty (2010), Woodsist
  • Houston Abstros (2011), Monofonus Press

Singles[edit]

  • "Bump Up High Step" (2010), Not Not Fun

In popular culture[edit]

  • The tracks "Harken Sawshine", "Horse Steppin", as well as an original cover of Neil Young's "Thrasher" were featured in the 2011 independent feature film The Woods [10]
  • The tracks "Horse Steppin" and "Deep Cover" were featured in the 2012 video game Hotline Miami.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steeply, M. Hugh 2009 "http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/sun-araw Sun Araw: Interview", tinymixtapes.com, August 2009, retrieved 2012-05-20
  2. ^ a b True, Chris "http://www.allmusic.com/artist/sun-araw-p1179756/biography Sun Araw Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned "http://www.allmusic.com/album/beach-head-r1716226/review Beach Head Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  4. ^ "http://www.allmusic.com/artist/sun-araw-p1179756/charts-awards Charts & Awards: Albums", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  5. ^ "http://www.factmag.com/2012/05/15/sun-araw-m-geddes-gengras-and-the-icon-crews-top-20-reggae-finds-from-jamaica/ Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras and the ICON GIVE THANK crew’s top 20 reggae finds from Jamaica", FACT magazine, May 15, 2012, retrieved 2012-05-20
  6. ^ Heaney, Gregory "http://www.allmusic.com/album/off-dutyboat-trip-r1966479/review Off Duty/Boat Trip Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon 2012 "http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/arts/music/unsound-festival-at-le-poisson-rouge.html Private Electronic Lagoons Just Above the Aural Horizon: Unsound Festival at Le Poisson Rouge", The New York Times, April 22, 2012, retrieved 2012-05-20
  8. ^ Raggett, Ned "http://www.allmusic.com/album/ancient-romans-r2217174/review Ancient Romans Review.", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  9. ^ Sharp, Elliott 2012 "http://www.avclub.com/articles/sun-araw-m-geddes-gengras-meet-the-congos-icon-giv,72112/ Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos Icon Give Thank", A.V. Club, April 10, 2012, retrieved 2012-05-20
  10. ^ http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/listen_sun_araws_neil_young_cover_thrasher_from_sundance_film_the_woods/

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