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,[1] neo-psychedelia,[1] hypnagogic pop[2]
Labels Not Not Fun, Woodsist, Sun Ark, Thrill Jockey
Associated acts Magic Lantern, Vibes, Pocahaunted

Cameron Stallones, better known by his alias Sun Araw, is an American musician. 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.


Originally from Austin, Texas, Stallones now resides in Long Beach, California.[3] Stallones was associated with the Not Not Fun label, and released his debut album, The Phynx, in 2008.[1] This was followed later that year with Beach Head.[4] 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.[1]

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.[5] Sun Araw and The Congos also performed live together.[6]


Araw is a Tagalog word meaning sun or day, depending on context, so Stallones' stage name literally translates to sun sun. However, as Sun Araw recounted to LA Weekly,[7] he considers his name to mean "sun day", which is a pun referring to Sunday, and more specifically the Christian Sabbath day. Therefore, Sun Araw considers his name to mean "sacred rest", despite "rest" not being one of the meanings of araw. One justification for this he provided was that he participates for a time in many bands - but his one man show Sun Araw is something he can always rely on when he takes a break from other music projects.

Musical style[edit]

His 2010 album Off Duty was described by Allmusic writer Gregory Heaney as "pulsing, Krautrock-influenced retro-futuristic lo-fi."[8] 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 groove."[9]

His style has been characterized as experimental, containing "sampled loops, echoed vocals, bursting bass, and random moments."[10] His music has also been described as "neo-dub" and "psych-rock."[11]



  • The Phynx (2008), Not Not Fun
  • Beach Head (2008), Not Not Fun
  • Heavy Deeds (2009), Not Not Fun
  • In Orbit (2009), Stunned Records - with Matthew Lessner
  • On Patrol (2010), Not Not Fun
  • 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), Sun Ark/Drag City
  • Gazebo Effect (2015), Sun Ark/Drag City
  • Music from Harvester (movie soundtrack) (2015), Sun Ark - with Nicholas Malkin
  • The Saddle of the Increate (2017), Sun Ark/Drag City


  • Boat Trip (2008), Woodsist
  • Off Duty (2010), Woodsist
  • Leaves Like These (2010), Sun Ark
  • Major Grotto (2010), Sun Ark
  • Houston Abstros (2011), Monofonus Press


  • "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 [12]
  • The tracks "Horse Steppin" and "Deep Cover" were featured in the 2012 video game Hotline Miami.
  • Sun Araw stars in the 2013 short film Chapel Perilous, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.


  1. ^ a b c d True, Chris " Sun Araw Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  2. ^ Keenan, Dave (August 2009). "Childhood's End". The Wire (306). 
  3. ^ Steeply, M. Hugh 2009 " Sun Araw: Interview",, August 2009, retrieved 2012-05-20
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned " Beach Head Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  5. ^ " Charts & Awards: Albums", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  6. ^ " 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
  7. ^ Ryder, Caroline (2010-06-10). "Heavy Drone for Bunnies". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  8. ^ Heaney, Gregory " Off Duty/Boat Trip Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  9. ^ Pareles, Jon 2012 " 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
  10. ^ Raggett, Ned " Ancient Romans Review.", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-05-20
  11. ^ Sharp, Elliott 2012 ",72112/ Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos Icon Give Thank", The A.V. Club, April 10, 2012, retrieved 2012-05-20
  12. ^

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