ARMS AND SLEEPERS DOCUMENTS OCTOBER UKRAINE TOUR FOR LATEST VIDEO ‘IT'S EASY’

ARMS AND SLEEPERS DOCUMENTS OCTOBER UKRAINE TOUR FOR LATEST VIDEO ‘IT'S EASY’
29 November 2023

Arms and Sleepers have shared a new video for latest single ‘It’s Easy’, taken from new album ‘What Tomorrow Brings’ coming March 2024 through Berlin’s Pelagic Records. An exploration of the artist's own experience of fleeing war in Bosnia in the early 1990’s and the death of his father in that conflict, ‘What Tomorrow Brings’ maps a journey of being forced out of your home over four distinct musical sections.
Having toured Ukraine every year since 2011, Mirza Ramic, the artist behind Arms and Sleepers, vowed to return to the country at the earliest opportunity, eventually playing a series of free entry concerts in October 2023. Inextricably linked to his own experience of war as a child, Ramic’s document of touring the country is a warm but poignant account of solidarity and shared humanity through music and art.
Formed in 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts and now living in Berlin, Germany, producer Mirza Ramic has subsequently released 13 full albums and over 20 EPs of glitched out electronic grooves that take as much inspiration from leftfield hip hop experimentalism as they do from the slowburn ambience and panoramic euphoria of contemporary post-rock.
The first glimpse of the new album ‘It’s Easy’ perfectly captures Ramic’s creative evolution, pairing a BATTLES-eque combo of kick-heavy shuffle and staccato synth bass line with Ramic’s inimitable ear for melancholy minimalism. The titular two-word refrain “it’s easy” drifts in and out of focus over haunting piano arpeggios, as much found-sound sonic texture as it is laconic story telling.
This first glimpse of ‘What Tomorrow Brings’ is proof that, as Arms and Sleepers, Mirza Ramic continues to blur the boundaries between genre, heritage, expectation and influence in order to produce something new and extraordinary.

Arms and Sleepers on the video for ‘It’s Easy’:
“I wrote "It's Easy" as an innocent thought about war viewed from a child's perspective -- unable to comprehend why there are wars to begin with and how "easy" it could be to avoid them. This is how I felt when I was a child and war started in my native country (Bosnia & Herzegovina) - I just couldn't understand "why". Since the new album began taking shape when the war in Ukraine started, I knew that I wanted to somehow associate this song with what was going on in Ukraine. This has been an important place for Arms and Sleepers over the last 12 years, having toured there almost every year since 2011. I wanted to go back to Ukraine as soon as possible to return the support that I have been shown for over a decade. I decided to go in October 2023 and play free concerts, in the hope that this could be a small piece of relief amongst the daily stress and trauma of war. We filmed the experience and made it into this video for "It's Easy".”

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Born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" by IRON MAIDEN was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the HEAVY sounds of SAXON, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, Young Fab also discovered thanks to school mates the NOISE, FILTH & FURY of Hard-Core/Punk bands like G.B.H, DISCHARGE, BROKEN BONES but also CRO-MAGS, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI... and later on, through the 90's, everything that was ALTERNATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, GRUNGE, INDUSTRIAL (SONIC YOUTH, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS)... Passion & curiosity grew up as years went by ... Fate was SEALED... no turning back ! No Music = No Life !

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