Arms & Sleepers
Euro dates 2013
Arms and Sleepers started one night in the back of an ambulances destined for Hampton Road in Boston's South Side. 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 and Sleepers was born.
Along with a split EP with American Dollar (From The Inland Sea), Arms & Sleepers released the full lenght Matador, a B side EP & Matador Remixed - their 1st remix album, making 2010 a year with 4 releases in 6 months. In addition, the band toured Europe and, with Caspian, North America.
For Matador Arms and Sleepers collaborated with Tom Brosseau, Shelley Short, Uzi and Ari to match stunning vocals with the band's gorgeous cinematic music. And Matador Remixed continued the collaborative spirit with 9 remixes by other artists and friends, and 1 remix by Arms and Sleepers themselves: Uzi & Ari, Lymbyc Systym, Amanda Rogers, Boy In Static/The Consulate General, The American Dollar, Nolens Volens, Thisquietarmy, Elika and Bogadiga. The album moves from snippets of R&B and club music to more mellow singer/songwriter moments to hypnotic electronica and trip hop—induced tracks.
The Matador series follows upon the earlier releases of Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive (Fake Chapter Records) and their acclaimed first full length, Black Paris 86 (Expect Candy) and The Motorist EP (Fake Chapter).
Arms & Sleepers are Max Lewis (programming, keyboards) and Mirza Ramic (bass, keyboards), with additional musicians, and combined with visuals by Boston artist Dado Ramadani and others.
Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive is a cinematic and largely engaging concoction that works as well as moody background music as it does introspective headphone listening.
Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive is a nicely focused effort that glows with warmth and intimacy and carries with it a hint of mystery and intrigue.
-- Tiny Mix Tapes