Sun Stains

by Sun Stains

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  • Cassette with sun reactive artwork
    Cassette + Digital Album

    Each of the 75 copies of this release will be completely individual. Want to know why? Because you'll be creating the artwork yourself!

    Each cassette is encased in special sun sensitive paper, that when exposed to sunlight will develop an an image of whatever objects are left near it or on top of it. Would you believe we actually thought of this idea before we realised the obvious link to the name Sun Stains? To prevent the artwork developing before it gets to you, each cassette will also be packaged in a black sleeve containing instructions of how to create your unique artwork and also some transparent logos that you can use if you wish.

    The last time we did a cassette release this fun, it sold out on pre orders before we'd even made it to the release date.

    Pre order only - release will be shipped on the release date 17.09.12

    Includes unlimited streaming of Sun Stains via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico is approximately 5000 miles as the crow flies from our England HQ, so unsurprisingly we know fairly little about Sam Roberts' Sun Stains project. For some reason we kind of like it this way, the self titled debut EP manages to be haunting whilst viscerally joyous. Take lead track 'Fortify Perfect' available for free download from our Soundcloud and Bandcamp; it mixes Grimes-like electronic pop with the fearless sensuality of late 90's Bjork. Infact much of the EP carries on in this manner with additional subtle nods to Dan Deacon and the Cocteau Twin's Elizabeth Fraser.

If there was one thing I could urge you to do today, it would be to listen to the EP in full above, or to bookmark it and come back later. To hear just one track, would be the equivalent of going to a restaurant and just ordering a bowl of carrots - silly and redundant. The EP is truely one of those releases that is meant to be listened to together, as it takes you on a hypnotic journey through themes of loss and being left behind. These themes seem to reoccur throughout whether it's in the track titles - 'Farewell', Bryopsida's haunting lyrics - ' 'wherever you are, I love you' or in the closing samples - 'someone has to stay on earth, and I volunteer'.

During the process of writing this album, one of Sam's friends passed away and although none of the songs were ever written specifically with him in mind, it felt as though throughout the writing process the whole EP was unconsciously influenced by his death.


released September 17, 2012


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