Long Beach's psychedelic drone sorcerers Magic Lantern have earned an exalted place in my pantheon of favorite area bands (see my enthusiastic praise here and here). Now ML guitarist Cameron Stallones has a new solo album out under the moniker Sun Araw, titled The Phynx (on LA's Not Not Fun). Limited to 155 copies.
We haven't heard The Phynx yet, but you can read the label description below and buy it here. Sounds very promising.
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Sun Araw - "The Phynx" NNF112—CDR ($6) Long Beach psychonauts Magic Lantern get ranted about a lot by us for their mystic ability to overwhelm and transport, and don’t expect that to stop soon. But in the meantime we’ve had the good fortune to learn about ML guitarist Cameron Stallones’ solo universe as Sun Araw and, no surprise, the silver apple don’t fall too far from the tree (so to speak). Spanning Spacemen 3 garage cosmos, Starving Weirdos coastal séance, and a healthy stratosphere of pan-dimensional astral feedbackers, The Phynx is a fantastic four-track suite that floats freely from form to formlessness in the blink of a third eye. A great journey into white light dirge and dead distortion blues, and as killer a debut full-length as a label/listener/fan/head could hope for. Fingers are crossed that more Sun Araw sunbeams shine down our ears again before ’08 is out. Stenciled CDRs in full-color mysterio-portrait foldover artwork by Stallones, and sanctified with a triad of kaleidoscope stickers.