Saigon Would Be Seoul | Single release and debut album announcement

Saigon Would Be Seoul is the solo project of Mirza Ramic from American electronic duo Arms and Sleepers. The artist is sharing today the first single "The One To Lose" from his upcoming debut album via the following media partners :

Everything is Noise (Worldwide)
Shiver Webzine (Italy)
Art Noir (Switzerland)
El Enano Rabioso (Spain)
Sun Burns Out (France)

Here's also below a press release announcing Everywhere Else Left Behind, out June 21 via {int}erpret null in CD/LP/Tape and Digital formats.

"Everywhere Else Left Behind" is a result of several years of compositional ideas and conceptual planning. A few tracks date as far back as 2009, while the majority of the record was conceived from 2016 to 2018. The writing of the album was scattered across several countries including Czech Republic, Latvia, Germany, and the United States and amidst Arms and Sleepers' busy touring schedule.

The album features readings of excerpts from four literary works: The Joke and The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera; The Stranger by Albert Camus; and Nobody's Home by Dubravka Ugresic. Excerpts are read by Sofia Insua and are accompanied by field recordings from Mirza's travels while on tour as Arms and Sleepers. Song titles on Everywhere Else Left Behind are also a major element of the album's identity. Taken from books, television shows, films, advertisements, and periods of self-reflection, they act as their own forms of expression and help shape the album's storyline along with the music.

The music on Everywhere Else Left Behind is informed by classical piano and contemporary classical styles, with subtle hints of jazz and ambient music. Piano is at the core of the album; it is the primary vehicle for telling Mirza's story. Composers such as Chilly Gonzales and Max Richter are important contemporary influences, but equally significant are the works of Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie.

The album is also accompanied by a short documentary film titled To Tell A Ghost, which recounts Mirza's story of growing up in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, fleeing the country during the Bosnian War, and returning as an adult to self-examine the past and attempt to find healing. The documentary film features music from Everywhere Else Left Behind and is directed by Stefan Ehrhardt and Chris Piotrowicz. It will be screened at select film festivals this summer.

Saigon Would Be Seoul
Everywhere Else Left Behind

1. Form Of A Rebus
2. Amer i ka
3. Long Passages Of Time That I Have Lost
4. The One To Lose
5. A Regular Rhythm
6. When Your Worries Are Over, We Can Pop Balloons And Lie In The Grass
7. I'd Remember To Take Care Of Your Soul
8. Study For The Treatment Of Complicated Grief
9. Everything Will Be Forgotten
10. The Heart Is A Small Machine
11. Meditations In An Emergency
12. Homme Du Midi
13. Mikhail And I
14. Destitute Of All Sense
15. For Those Who Think Young
16. The Flower Of My Secret
17. I Keep Going To A Lot Of Places And Ending Up Somewhere I've Already Been
18. Sometimes You Just Need To Be A Dot
19. And So

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