While we wait for the next proper full length album from Arms and Sleepers, they've given us a mini-album to help pass the time. So until "The Organ Hearts" drops on May 13th, here is "Nostalgia For The Absolute".
I was first introduced to the music of Arms and Sleepers with their fantastic 2009 release "Matador", one of my favorite albums of that year. On that release, the duo of Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic mixed electronic music and beats with live instrumentation and vocals to beautiful effect. "Nostalgia For The Absolute" finds them returning to ambient soundscapes.
There are the occasional beats to be found ("Lisbon", "The Hidden Sea"), but the majority of 'Nostalgia' is made up of short, two to three minute ambient pieces. The whole thing clocks in at under 28 minutes, so it truly is not meant to be taken as a proper "album" despite having 13 tracks. Highlights include the pretty, repeated piano line of "Crash", the ghostly howl of piano piece "Lovers Arctic", the somber piano solo "The Dying Animal", and the lush "Rire Jaune" that closes this collection.
I'll most certainly be reviewing "The Organ Hearts" as soon as a copy is in my hands. In the meantime, lay down, relax and drift off with "Nostalgia For The Absolute". It makes for a lovely listen.
"Nostalgia For The Absolute" was released as a download only March 4, 2011.