Review: From The Mouth of The Sun – “Sleep Stations”

A quick and overdue take: Sleep Stations is the best record From The Mouth of The Sun has ever recorded. There, it is said.

Released May 18, which seems like an eternity ago, via the always-illuminating Lost Tribe Sound, the Dag Rosenqvist/Aaron Martin post-classical duo’s new record is, yes, short, just 20 minutes in all. But it swells with the tides of a larger celestial body. There is a lot of silence and negative space, just like outer space, to be sure. But there also are true gems here, namely the ghostly “Reaching When Nothing Is There,” which accents drone-string accents with what sounds like vibraphone and a recorded heartbeat, and the aching, mourning-laced “About The Death of the Stars.” (Seriously, you could give me 10 tracks of “About The Death of the Stars” and I’d still write a glowing review.)

I liked 2017’s Hymn Binding but this LP takes the duo’s game to a whole new level, putting them on par with acts like High Plains and A Winged Victory For The Sullen – high praise, indeed, and well worth it. The only thing you could ask of this record is that it never end. – Justin Vellucci, Swordfish, June 1, 2018

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About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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