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MP3 Arms and Sleepers - Cinematique

A modern-classical, ambient/cinematic effort from the electronica/trip-hop duo.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (29:58) !
Related styles: AVANT GARDE: Classical Avant-Garde, AVANT GARDE: Experimental

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Arms & Sleepers began one night in the back of an ambulance in Cambridge, MA. In an alleyway a man was bleeding with a cassette player in hand, the play button still on. What sounded like recordings of a gospel choir blared from the tin speaker, while down the street a jazz band could be heard. The man was dying. He dropped the cassette player on the cement and closed his eyes, the sound carrying through the air into his ears for one last time. Though this moment in time died with him, his cassette lived on — and Arms & Sleepers was born.

Through Arms & Sleepers, Max Lewis (programming, keyboards) and Mirza Ramic (bass, keyboards) keep spirit and the music of that night alive. Utilizing electronic sources as the main focus in their compositions, the two create warm tides of sound set atop ambient undercurrents. Varying configurations of rich, brassy textures, choppy beats and ethereal vocals yield an engaging, subterranean pulse driven by amorphous low-end frequencies. Overall, the sound matches the tragic tale.

Persistent international touring and constant dissemination of their sounds makes Arms & Sleepers a worthy opponent for the typical temporal constraints that can befall a band. Having issued a series of limited edition releases, the well-received Bliss Was it in That Dawn to be Alive EP (Fake Chapter, 2007), and the tight, intense Black Paris 86 (Expect Candy, 2008), The Motorist EP (A&S, 2009) is the newest offering in their catalog of cinematic sounds. Following several successful North American and European tours (most recently with the Lymbyc Systym), Arms and Sleepers now find themselves with a new sense of energy at the start of what promises to be a busy and hectic 2009. The Motorist EP acts as a small taste of what is yet to come--the follow-up to Black Paris 86. Following a 6-week US tour in February and March, which includes a stop at SXSW, Arms and Sleepers will stay on the road for much of the spring promoting The Motorist before taking a break over the summer to finish work on the upcoming full-length. Fall of 2009 will find the band touring the world again to celebrate the release of the new album, venturing into Europe, Japan, and North America.

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