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Arms and Sleepers are a duo of comprised of Max Lewis (Boston, MA) and Mirza Ramic (Portland, ME). Formed in 2006, they have produced multiple albums, EPs and hand-made releases, most notably the Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive EP (Fake Chapter, 2006) and the well-received Black Paris 86 (Expect Candy, 2008). Following an intense touring schedule in 2008 and 2009 that included appearances in the UK, Europe, and North America and saw the band opening for the likes of Asobi Seksu, The Books, Her Space Holiday, Cass McCombs, Lymbyc Systym, This Will Destroy You and Caspian, Max and Mirza took a break to focus on a new proper full-length in the summer of 2009. The result is Matador, featuring contributions from numerous musicians, including Tom Brosseau (Fat Cat Records), Shelley Short (Hush Records), Ben Shepard and Catherine Worsham (of Uzi & Ari), Philip Jamieson (of Caspian), Mona Elliott (of Travels), Adam Arrigo (of The Main Drag), and Matt Lajoie (of Cursillistas).
Matador is an album studded with varying themes and textures. The synergy between a haunting sonic mix and delicate, ethereal lyrics yield an ambitious, precise whole. Maintaining consistent intensity and energy, the music and artwork both reflect the moodiness behind the concept of the album, which can be summarized as a reaction to the surroundings and circumstances Max and Mirza found themselves in throughout the past two years. Matador also finds the duo expanding on their sound, reaching for a new and fresh direction. Vocals are more prominent throughout the album than with previous releases, and the band ventures into new soundscapes, incorporating an expansive array of instruments. The result is a cinematic and hypnagogic mix of rusts, antique grays and olive greens which evoke an eerie nostalgia - memories of places you’ve never been and things you’ve never seen.
Matador will be released in North America by Fake Chapter, Europe & the UK by Expect Candy, and Japan & rest of Asia by Friend of Mine.
Tracklisting (CD editions):
03. The Architekt (STREAMING ON MYSPACE NOW!)
04. Twentynine Palms
06. The International
09. Words Are For Sleeping
10. The Paramour
11. L-Orizzont (EU/UK CD version bonus track)
11. we're all Paris now [pt. 2] (Japan CD version bonus track)
Tracklisting (vinyl edition):
3. The Architekt (STREAMING ON MYSPACE NOW!)
4. Twentynine Palms
2. The International
4. Words Are For Sleeping
5. The Paramour
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North American customers:
CD Digipak, 10 tracks
First 100 pre-orders come with a hand-made & numbered lyrics sheet
Ships mid-October, official release date Nov. 17, 2009
CD Digipak, 11 tracks
Includes the bonus track "L-Orizzont"
Ships late November, official release date Nov. 27, 2009
CD Jewel Case, 11 tracks
Includes the bonus track "we're all Paris now (pt. 2)
Ships early November, official release date Nov. 11, 2009
12" LP, includes free download coupon
- Limited edition of 500; first 100 units are pressed on gold vinyl
- All pre-orders will be filled with colored vinyl while supplies last! If you would like standard black vinyl instead of the colored version, please indicate this in the comments section of the paypal checkout.
- All pre-orders will be entered into a raffle to win 1 of 5 test presses, chosen randomly before pre-orders end on Nov. 17. The winning test press will be signed by A&S and will include a very special ONE-TIME ONLY hand-made packaging design!
WATCH THE MATADOR VIDEO TEASER HERE!