Ice Cream Memory Card
- Fritto Misto
- Feeling II
- Late Afternoon
- Rest Easy
- Recorded in July-September 2013 in PRS, CA
- Editing/Mastering March 2014–April 2014 in PRS, CA
- Video by Jennifer Juniper Stratford
- Music by Sun An
- Photo by Ava Kaufman
- Released August 16, 2014
Music genres come and go all the time. Some of them leave an audible mark on all the music to come. Others just become short-lived fads with little to offer. Some musicians jump the bandwagons and quickly leave for another one, others just keep doing their thing, unphased by the changing currents. The Californian ambientalist known as simply Sun An is the latter. On Sun An’s newest album, Ice Cream Memory Card, he keeps doing the most classic ambient meditations one can imagine — lengthy, floating, and about as varied as Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s a prime-time wall of deep relaxation, the kind of music one plays when they wish to stop to exist for a moment and just dissolve into aether. To assist in doing this, Sun An has collaborated with Californian multi-media artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford to create a wonderfully smeared lo-fi video, where abstract shapes and patterns float through one another and slowly shift, as if pushed forward by a lazy generative process reminiscent of the good ol’screensavers. If you wasted hours as a kid staring at the abstract shapes of screensavers, you’ll love “Rest Easy” by Sun An and Jennifer Juniper Stratford.
—Jakub Adamek, Editor, Aug. 19 2014. Tiny Mix Tapes
Alright, so you want some ambient music. Not just ambient, ambient ambient. You’ve just listened to Kissy Suzuki’s album, yet it appears that there is this little bit of a body that didn’t just disintegrate entirely with that release. If that’s the case, Sun An‘s Ice Cream Memory Card (these album titles are getting weirder every year, I’m telling ya!) will do the trick just fine. Six tracks of completely flat, eternally sustained angelic ambience that pushes its droning drone to the extremes, never getting down from the stratosphere. This is goddam bliss.
—Jakub Adamek, Weird Temple, Oct. 15 2014. Weird Temple
The track I think has been unfairly slept on this year: "Sun An: Afternoon". Sun An makes some incredible ambient music. I want his songs to be permanently on loop in my brain. Some other slept-on artists I recommend checking out are REKchampa, Martin Bell, Quavius, Brown Recluse Alpha, Miruga, Morgan Louis, Alvin Aronson and Takuya Matsumoto. I wish all the best for these artists.
—Galcher Lustwerk, October 31, 2014. Galcher Lustwerk’s favourite tracks