Arms and Sleepers – Safe Area Earth

SAFE AREA EARTH is the new full-length album from Arms and Sleepers, out Jan 17th, 2020 via Future Archive Recordings

There are few acts that can glide so seamlessly across genres as Arms and Sleepers. For well over a decade, the American music duo Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic have explored trip-hop, electronica, ambient, hip-hop and subtle pop with deftness and grace. So it makes sense that a group so familiar with exploring multiple sounds and styles will kick off 2020 with their most ambitious and multifaceted project to date.

The pair’s ninth studio album, SAFE AREA EARTH, will be the first of a six-part music series to be released throughout the year. This series will include 3 full-length albums and 3 EPs. Ramic explains it as “a highly conceptual project based in part on my childhood and teenage years of traveling the globe as a Bosnian refugee.” The project is also “an attempt to explore the growing personal anxiety about the meaning of one’s own existence and the impending, fast-approaching end-date to that existence. Each upcoming release will be thematically focused on a facet of human life.”

The first installment, SAFE AREA EARTH, possesses a magical quality to it that feels emblematic of the beginning of a journey — one that sonically represents both possibilities but also uncertainties. There are heady and immersive atmospheres that wash over the listeners via waves of glistening electronics, there are gently cracking and snapping beats that allow melody to glide in and out of them, and vocals that at times resemble choral music with their deeply textured nature. “In many ways this is a return to the melancholic early days of Arms and Sleepers,” Ramic says. “It’s a slow record with our more heavily ambient leanings of the past, but the focus is more on the overall mood and experience. It offers a different feel both musically and emotionally — perhaps a darker, more pessimistic overall tone.”

Whilst the album is still capable of pulling the listener into a blissful state, the darker tones that brood from it make sense because the narrative of the record is one born from a place of trauma and terror, as Ramic explains. “The Earth is a place that could—and should—be safe for all, but depending on the pure chance of one’s place of birth, the personal relationship with the planet alters dramatically. During The Bosnian War in the 1990s, there were “safe areas” — UN-designated protected zones meant to offer safety for civilians. Instead, these “safe areas” became scenes of some of the worst human atrocities on European soil since World War II. The idea that a very small geographical location on planet earth had to be designated as “safe” for human existence is absurd enough; the fact that it turned out to be not safe at all is even more absurd.”

It’s this juxtaposed position that kicks off the 2020 music series for the duo; a year-long creative voyage that “attempts to explore the human existence and psyche from a variety of different angles.” The result is an album that despite being vast—17 tracks—manages to feel like a complete and coherent statement. Something to get lost in, as a whirlwind of chaos continues to unfurl in the outside world. Finding this balance between solace and disorder has ultimately been at the heart of this project for Ramic. “Much of this record was influenced by the personal anxiety of assessing my own existence, its high and low points thus far, and the limitation of my time left on planet earth. I needed to pour out all these feelings into music.”

Arms and Sleepers – Safe Area Earth

Release date: Jan 17th 2020
PHYSICAL

2xLP – ORANGE

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
Translucent Orange 140g 2xLP (limited to 300 copies). Includes MP3 download.  
Ships on or around Jan 17th. 
 

$25

2xLP – MARBLE

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
Marbled Effect 140g 2xLP (limited to 300 copies). Includes MP3 download.
Ships on or around Jan 17th. 
 

$25

CD

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
CD Digipak. Includes MP3 download.
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                          
                                                                   

$12

CASSETTE

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
High Quality Cassette Tape. Includes MP3 download.
Ships on or around Jan 17th. 
 

$12

T-SHIRT

This is a pre-order item.
‘Safe Area Earth’ T-Shirt (black or white).
Ships on or around Jan 17th. 
 

 $25

LONG SLEEVE TEE

This is a pre-order item.
‘Safe Area Earth’ Long Sleeve Tee (white).
Ships on or around Jan 17th. 
 

 $30

HOODIE

This is a pre-order item.
‘Safe Area Earth’ Hoodie (black).
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                                                    

 $40

TOTE BAG

This is a pre-order item.
‘Safe Area Earth’ Tote Bag.
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                

 $15

CD + T-SHIRT

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
CD Digipak + ‘Safe Area Earth’ T-Shirt (black or white). Includes MP3 download.  
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                                                     

 $32

2xLP + T-SHIRT

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
Translucent Orange or Marbled Effect 140g 2xLP + ‘Safe Area Earth’ T-Shirt (black or white). Includes MP3 download.  
Ships on or around Jan 17th                     

 $45

AAS MERCH BUNDLE

This is a pre-order item.
New AAS logo: Snapback Hat, Tote Bag, T-Shirt (black or white).
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 $60

2xLP + CD + CASSETTE

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
2xLP color variations (Translucent Orange + Marbled Effect) + CD Digipak + Cassette Tape. Includes MP3 download. 
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                                                      

 $70

2xLP + LATHE CUT LP

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
2xLP color variations (Translucent Orange + Marbled Effect) + Lathe Cut LP. Includes MP3 download.
Limited to 10 bundles. 
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                                                                 

 $100

VINYL COLLECTION

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
Signed 2xLP color variations (Translucent Orange + Marbled Effect) + Lathe Cut LP + Vinyl Test Press + ‘Safe Area Earth’ Tote Bag. Includes MP3 download. 
Limited to 5 bundles.
Ships on or around Jan 17th.                                                                                                      

 $200

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

MP3

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
320-kbps MP3 download. Full album download will be sent on Jan 17th.

 $10

FLAC

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
FLAC lossless download. Full album download will be sent on Jan 17th.

 $12

16-bit WAV

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
16-bit lossless WAV download. Full album download will be sent on Jan 17th. 

 

 $12

24-bit WAV

This is a pre-order item. Includes immediate download of two singles.
24-bit lossless WAV download. Full album download will be sent on Jan 17th.

 

 $14

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TRACKLIST

01  SAE
02  Art and Scope
03  Ruined By Geography
04  Open To The Elements
05  Give Me This
06  If I Had Drowned, I Would Be Here
07 Leon (feat. Sofia Insua)
08  Roman and Mayan
09 After World’s End
10  Don’t Forget
11  Black Out / Sun Shine
12  In The Jaws Of Life
13  Both But None
14  Centralia
15  Unwound
16  … .- .
17  That Is What Human Beings Do [BONUS]