Ancient Romans - SUN ARK
FILTER Grade: 74%
By Scott Thill on August 29, 2011
Sure, undulating ambient soundscaping sounds cool in theory, but it demands an oriented headspace to function at full strength. That’s a long way of saying that the altered states of Cameron Stallones’ latest Sun Araw effort Ancient Romans are an acquired taste. Stallones demonstrated that grasp on elusive concepts during last year’s brilliant On Patrol. Here, those looking to head-trip similarly on mostly monotonous rhythms sparking off sonic fugues should be fine, especially with the Ennio-Morricone-like guitar noodles of “Crete,” the slow-motion dub horns of “Fit for Caesar” or the funky thump of the epic closer “Impulvium,” which clocks in at 15 minutes. Fans of sprawling synthesizer washes should also be cool with “At Delphi” and “Lucretius.” But those who are looking for dynamism or changing structures should look elsewhere for their psychedelic fixes, before and not after they levy charges against Stallones for musical masturbation.