Sun Araw’s 2008 LP Beach Head has been remastered and reissued on Sun Araw’s own label Sun Ark Records. The new version of Beach Head is available on vinyl now.
For the uninitiated, Sun Araw is Los Angeles-based guitarist Cameron Stallones. Sun Araw originally issued a limited pressing of Beach Head in 2008 — a release of sunburnt affection for a place that has since submerged: a coastal constellation of friends and energies that still slosh and burn through dimensions just above our perceptual apparatus. These are the coordinates, should you want to go: “Thoughts Are Bells” opens in séance before easing back into full Florian blossom. “Horse Steppin’” is a love song to Neil Young’s six-string gateway: sunblushed and indulgent, persistently burning. “Beams” builds a bridge between Marconi Notaro and Long Beach, and throws an underwater groove party in the midst. “Bridal Fully” pushes the sun under the horizon with a mountain of vocals; unfailing love glowing at its center: a marriage song. As the inaugural release on Sun Ark Records, Beach Head has been re-mastered at the legendary Dubplates & Mastering in Germany, and has been imprinted onto 180 gram vinyl, these tunes have never sounded this good. The LP comes correct with the original artwork, including an 11 x 11 full color insert.
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“Listening to Sun Araw is like taking a magic carpet ride through a humid swamp land, surfing over the Pacific and then safely landing on some sand dunes in the middle of the desert.” The Fader
“If you shut your lids and listen hard enough, you can hear the faint hints of his idols: the cosmic slop of Funkadelic, the ferocious locomotion of Fela Kuti, the stoned shape-shifting of Sun Ra, obscure Swedish psych-rock and the sorcerer minimalism of Terry Riley.” Los Angeles Times
“Sun Araw sound a bit like a lava lamp. Or like minute 45 of “Dark Star”. Or maybe Fela Kuti slowed down to a crawl, rolled out, and spread into infinity.” Pitchfork
A1. Thoughts Are Bells
A2. Horse Steppin’
B2. Bridal Filly