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Arms & Sleepers

Arms & Sleepers

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Arms & Sleepers, Anti/Beyond, Into Dust 

When: Thu., Feb. 4, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Swim Team (Fake Chapter), the 2014 full-length from Boston duo Arms & Sleepers, emerges like a consuming fog. Multi-instrumentalists Mirza Ramic and Max Lewis are fluent in trip-hop, ambient music, IDM, and postrock, and they fluidly combine those genres into a harmonious mass that plays like a long suite with fragmented pauses. Serene and shuffling percussion, stammering and winsome vocal samples, and tidal synths create a porous mood that enhances—and perhaps beautifies—whatever emotions are hanging over your head. Unlike Arms & Sleepers’ previous albums, Swim Team is largely instrumental, save for the shards of vocals that bubble to the surface and hang in the distance—which makes it even easier to imprint your ideas on the shifting songs. Next week the group drop a full-length remix of Swim Team, and the remix of the title track by dream-pop group Sun Glitters shows that reinterpretation only enriches the experience of hearing it.
— Leor Galil



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