The fact that this Cambridge, MA-based ambient electronic duo used to play behind a projector screen so you couldn't see their faces pretty much tells you how important it considers the visual component of its live show. Consisting of Mirza Ramic on bass/progamming and Max Lewis on keyboards/programming, Arms And Sleepers, claim to be more influenced by film than by other ambient acts.
Creating music in a self-contained bubble and resisting the work of other like-minded outfits has apparently helped them, as Ramic and Lewis sounded fully realized on right their densely elegiac full-length debut, 2007's Black Paris 86. Where it took groups like the Orb and Boards of Canada several releases to hit their stride, Black Paris 86 enthralls from start to finish, immerses you into its gorgeously melancholic world, and instills a state of almost blissful sadness.
With the potency of the band's vision already on the table, Arms And Sleepers are hitting Seattle months before they release their follow-up, which may or may not lean more toward a more traditional, chamber-pop sound. If Black Paris 86 is any indication, expect Arms And Sleepers to make a definitive, bar-setting mark on yet another strain of ambient music.
Arms and Sleepers play Friday, March 13 at Holy Mountain with Past Lives, White Circle Crime Club, and Joy Wants Eternity. Show starts at 8pm.