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Sleep Stations

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Razvan Porumb It is somehow fitting that so much beauty should only be restricted to a 20-minute mini album. Anything longer and you would almost expect the sweetness and luminescence of the delicate harmonies conjured up with devastating and arresting intensity throughout the album to become overpowering and ostentatious. Anything longer would have spoiled the perfect delicate balance of this perfect poem. This album is bound to catch people off-guard with a number of moments of brazen forthright beauty, made perhaps even more potent and affecting by the tactile character of acoustic instruments – the plaintive cry of the cello, in particular, giving voice to a song that is at the same time anguished in its sadness and overabundant in mysterious joy. This brief but forceful exposure to such splendour – with implausibly moving peaks in ‘Reaching When Nothing Is There’ and ‘About the Death of Stars’ – will certainly leave the listener wanting for more, and, as in the case of this listener, will lead to scores of replays followed by as many moments of wonder. I don’t think I have ever been so moved by an album before. ‘Sleep Stations’ has taken me completely by surprise, and I feel Dag Rosenqvist & Aaron Martin have achieved something next to miraculous here. Do approach it with reverence and  - as the poet put it: ‘tread softly because you tread on dreams’. Favorite track: About the Death of Stars.
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Haunted Ghost The beautiful, melancholic compositions From the Mouth of The Sun have perfected are perfectly captured in these six pieces. Breathtaking moments whose quiet warmth can be enhanced by the gentle cassette hum. Favorite track: Reaching When Nothing Is There.
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mini50records From The Mouth Of Sun never disappoint. One of the most exciting and interesting modern classical artists out there.
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PRESS:

Best Ambient of 2018 - LOW LIGHT MIXES

Best of 2018 : Music For Walking And Not Crying In The Autumn Rain - HEADPHONE COMMUTE

Best of 2018 - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING

"It’s a credit to the artists here that their work is far too beautiful to simply become background drift music." - IRREGULAR CRATES

"At just over 20 minutes, the album's modesty and restraint becomes part of its charm as it lulls the listener into a sweet, languid melancholy and beguiles with perfectly weighted textures, aching melodies, and surges of emotion that go straight to the heart...'Sleep Stations' is what any good story should be. It is over too soon and yet there is nothing you could imagine adding or taking away without subtracting from its perfection." - STATIONARY TRAVELS

7/10 "It's a great listen that'll leave fans of ambient contemporary cinematic music (like A Winged Victory for the Sullen) eager to hear whatever From the Mouth of the Sun do next." - EXCLAIM! (Scott A. Gray)

"Even in the short span of just over twenty minutes, the two artists confirm themselves perfectly complementary in the definition of an imaginative orchestral ambiance, on the occasion populated by harmonious suspensions in midair." - MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU

"From the Mouth of the Sun continue to push the duo's string and piano compositions into places filled with ubending grace with gradual shades of foreboding. It's an album to spend a few days getting lost in and establishes the two musicians as absolute masters of their trade. - TOME TO THE WEATHER MACHINE

"Staying true to their sound, From the Mouth of the Stars has brought forth another beautiful addition to their growing collection of releases, with Sleep Stations EP proving a perfect next step for the duo". - PIANO & COFFEE

"You would be hard to find a duo based in two different countries that are as compatible and engaging as Martin and Rosenqvist. The way they interact and utilize their collective knowledge from their own solo careers enables them to pit out release after release of simply some of the finest music you will hear." - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING

"Of course, beauty is not measured in duration. In these 20 minutes, FTMOTS tell a beautiful story" - AMBIENT BLOG

"This EP 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." SWORDFISH (Justin Vellucci)

"It is a more mournful affair, but no less emotive. It’s an EP so short by definition. However, the evocative nature of the work isn’t diluted by this fact." - JAYKITS.COM
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From the Mouth of the Sun (aka Aaron Martin & Dag Rosenqvist) return with ‘Sleep Stations,’ an EP of six new songs, out May 18th, 2018 on Lost Tribe Sound. ’Sleep Stations’ rests comfortably alongside 2017’s ‘Hymn Binding’ their third full-length album and their original score for Joshua Z. Weinstein’s feature film, ‘Menashe.’ With ‘Sleep Stations’ the duo assures us that their exquisite palette of classical leaning, electro-acoustics reaped from their previous albums still leaves much to be explored.

In fact, the pieces of ‘Sleep Stations’ were composed during many of the same sessions as ‘Hymn Binding’ and ‘Menashe,’ yet they feel like a natural continuation of From the Mouth of the Sun’s sound, a stepping stone towards the next chapter, if you will. The core sound will be instantly recognizable for those who’ve followed their previous endeavors, comprised of cello, piano, acoustic guitars, lap steel, banjo, ukulele, pump organ, soft humming electronics and warm layer of static.

The title track ‘Sleep Stations’ was originally meant to be included on the album ‘Hymn Binding.’ It acted as a centerpiece and starting point for the music that From the Mouth of the Sun recorded later during the process of scoring the ‘Menashe’ film. The film ended up requiring an extremely spare palette, thus the ‘Sleep Stations’ EP represents a longing for a fuller and more controlled sound that exhibits the dynamic range that From the Mouth of the Sun strive for with their work.

There is a softness and detachment to ‘Sleep Stations’ more so, that seems to give the album an of aerial view of the landscape below. Where ‘Hymn Binding’ felt more grounded in the earth and soil, ‘Sleep Stations’ floats high above, feeling weightless, suspended in slow motion flight.

Arranging ‘Sleep Stations’ as an EP, has allowed Aaron and Dag to tell a shorter story, one that doesn’t have to be such a grand gesture, which is something they’ve wanted to explore for a while now. It’s a beautiful reminder, that a collection of music can still be simple yet deeply affecting, without being overwrought and excessive.
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CASSETTE DETAILS
‘Sleep Stations,’ our 3rd installment in the Dead West Tape Series, arrives on a limited pro-dubbed hi-bias tape cassette, housed in a reverse printed 300gsm heavy stock outer case. The edition (limited to 100) also comes with a download card offering a choice of formats including FLAC, 320K MP3, etc. Mastering was performed by Matthew Collings (aka one half of the duo Graveyard Tapes).
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DEAD WEST TAPE SERIES
Dead West is a series of limited cassette tape releases from the Lost Tribe Sound record label, inspired by the relocation of the LTS headquarters from the dry desert of Arizona to the lowland plains of Wisconsin’s farm country. The Dead West focuses on music built for exploring and soundtracking your environment, whether you're deep in the middle of lush woodlands, or just laying back at home with rested eyes. ‘Sleep Stations’ is the third release in the series. The first two releases in the series come from the composer William Ryan Fritch (Ill Tides) and experimental guitarist Seabuckthorn (I Could See The Smoke).
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released May 18, 2018

Music & Arrangements by Dag Rosenqvist & Aaron Martin
Mastering by Matthew Collings
Cover Image: NASA/JPL/U of Arizona
Layout & Design by Ryan Keane
© Dag Rosenqvist / Aaron Martin / Lost Tribe Sound LLC
Published by Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP) 2018

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