Sun Araw & Prince Rama (USA) play The Buffalo Club Tickets
9:00pm, Sat 28 January, 2012
The Buffalo Club, VIC
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US psych-pop bedfellows SUN ARAW and PRINCE RAMA head down under this Summer for Sugar Mountain Festival in January. The bands will then join forces for a kaleidoscopic Australian tour (as well as some of their own gnarly shows), bringing their dubby dance jams and transcendental melodies to every corner of the land.Cameron Stallones began his musical career as a founding member of the experimental psychedelic rock collective Magic Lantern, before stepping out as SUN ARAW (USA). Since 2007, four full-length LPs, three EPs, and five cassettes have walked the mind-planes from psychedelic drone to melted afrobeat, and from warped dub to minimal composition. These releases were put out by unbelievably hip labels including Not Not Fun and Sun Ark, and were praised in Wire Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Uncut Magazine, Mojo, Pitchfork and beyond. Sun Araw has performed in the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand with hundreds of artists, including luminaries like Christian Fennesz and Konono No. 1. Sometimes compared to Animal Collective, Sun Araw's music is trippy, organic and deeply psychedelic, drawing on inspiration from afrobeat, west coast '60s psych, Neil Young and krautrock. But it's more than mere imitation: present is a real contemporary sense of inspiration, which is why Sun Araw's music is heads and shoulders above the pack. Comprised of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson and their friend Michael Collins, PRINCE RAMA (USA) were raised on a Hare Krishna commune in Florida, educated at an art school in Boston, and now make noise in Brooklyn. The music of Prince Rama sifts through the global landscape of trance-induction, drawing inspiration from Krishna chants, horror soundtracks, revelatory psychedelic explorations, and the codeine drone of slowed and chopped rap. Their latest album Trust Now, which was produced by Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective), is an epic shrine of swirling synths, pulsing guitars and thunder drums. An ethereal chorus of voices and anthemic melodies create a reverb-washed mine of sonic artifacts drawing from southeast Asian rituals, krautrock legacies, chopped and screwed homages, hallucinatory operas and dance hall psychedelia. Prince Rama's live set, honed by ceaseless touring throughout the last three years, is a terrifying, celebratory and transcendent experience.