Arms and Sleepers is an ambient duo from Boston, consisting of Max Lewis and Mirza Ramic. Their latest release, Swim Team, is their first in over three years and that time has helped them create an album that is pretty fucking special.
Swim Team is many things at once – instrumental hip-hop, electronic, r&b, with layers of sampled vocals and sounds that bring a feeling of childhood wonder and nostalgia. At times it brings back the feelings I had during my early listening sessions to Telefon Tel Aviv and more recently Flume. I’ve certainly enjoyed listening to it on loop during the doldrums of a long work day, and on breezy night time drive. The album flows so well that I get lost in it as soon as I hit play, but if I had to pick my top 5 tracks in no particular order I’d say: “Unbound”, “Swim Team”, “Hummingbird”, “Hurry Slowly” and “Tetro”.
Arms and Sleepers is actually a recent discovery for me, given that the duo has put out 18 releases since 2006 and that the album was release in October of last year. This solidifies my theory that music finds the listener, not the other way around, and that it always at the perfect moment in time. Please give this a listen, it’s one of the best I’ve heard in quite some time.
For those of you in LA, the duo will be performing Wednesday, March 25th in the heart of Echo Park at Club Bahia along side Blockhead and 9 Theory. Get your tickets via TicketWeb for $15. They also have a few more dates remaining on their brief tour.