Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw + Sun Araw – Night Gallery; Ancient Romans

January 01, 1970

(Thrill Jockey + Sun Ark);



Since his artistic transformation under the name Sun Araw
over four years ago, former Magic Lantern guitarist Cameron Stallones has
yielded 14 different releases on a variety of labels, each one as reflective of
the sprawling free-form nature of his psychedelic post-drone design. But with
this most recent pair of titles, Stallones exhibits the full potential of his
experimental alter ego, both as a collaborative force and an isolated entity
unto its self.


Night Gallery, Sun
Araw’s first work for Thrill Jockey, is the product of an established
friendship with fellow new school astral rockers Eternal Tapestry that dates
back to the 2007 Neon Commune Fest at the now-shuttered Echo Curio in Eagle
Rock, Louisiana, where the two entities shared the second night’s bill
alongside such pals as Barn Owl and Pocahaunted. From there, the bands would
always play shows together whenever the Tapestry toured the South, blowing
minds along the Mason-Dixon line with a double
bill the likes of which them good ol’ boys have never seen. However, the fruits
of their bromance were consummated at SXSW 2010, when Eternal Tapestry invited
Stallones to join them in an in-studio session broadcasted live on the University of Texas’s student-run radio station
KVRX-FM following an impromptu parking lot jam earlier that afternoon. The
fruits of this hootenanny, recorded in the campus TV studio, saw the two
factions improvise for a solid 45 minutes of AAM-cum-CAN spiritual madness, the
entirety of which was re-edited to create the four-part Gallery, lovingly named after Rod Serling’s cult post-Twilight Zone program and, in all
intents and purposes, is just as thrilling.


In the meantime, Ancient
, the first proper Sun Araw LP to see a release on the Sun Ark
imprint via Drag City Records, is a tripped-out masterpiece of transcendental
space fuzz that pays tribute to the ruins of Italy
that goes beyond the headiest moments of Pink Floyd’s legendary performance
inside of that coliseum in Pompeii.
For a solid 80 minutes, Stallones utilizes an arsenal of everything plus the
kitchen sink to get his celestial reasoning across to the other side, bringing
together effects-riddled guitars, bottomless bass lines, whirlpool
synthesizers, phased-out harps and treated brass to create a sonic environment
that falls somewhere between George Harrison’s Wonderwall Music and Live at
Ken’s Electric Lake
by the No-Neck Blues Band.


With Ancient Romans and
as part of the outcome of Night Gallery,
Cameron Stallones continues to redefine the freak-out for the digital age,
leading the pack of new young mindbenders looking to rock music down paths not
yet explored without fear or frenzy.







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