The band known as YAWNING SONS is the result of a unique collaboration between musicians from different sides of the Atlantic. In July 2008, Californian desert rock veteran Gary Arce (YAWNING MAN / TEN EAST / DARK TOOTH ENCOUNTER etc.) was flown out to the UK to produce an album with the Kent based instrumental riff-rock quartet, SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI. Upon the first day of working in the studio, it was clear that something special was taking place. Within the space of a week Gary and the band would work together to write and record their own collaborative album. The resulting sound is like no other experienced before.
The following few months after recording, more additions were made to the recording: vocals from Scott Reeder (KYUSS / OBSESSED), Mario Lalli (FATSO JETSON / DESERT SESSIONS) and Wendy Rae Fowler (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE / MARK LANEGAN BAND / UNKLE). The results are sublime. From the soaring vocals of Fowler on the opener, "Ghostship - Deadwater", to the drone-laden vocals of Reeder on "Garden Sessions III", which is almost like a blend of period 'Floyd, through to the extended guitar workouts on the Lalli-helmed "Meadows", right on through to the chiming guitars and metronomic drums on the closer, "Japanese Garden", Ceremony To The Sunset will prove to be a revelation to fans of any and every of the artists involved, and will appeal greatly to lovers of Kraut / psych / desert-rock.
"I praised this album to the sky when I first reviewed it and to be honest there is little else I can do now such is the beauty of it. Gary Arce and the Sons Of Alpha Centauri formed a chemistry that transcended their original project and wound up creating something incredibly unique; pulling in a few friends was just the icing on the cake as this album would work as a pure instrumental or with lyrics on every piece.
It contains skill born of subtly and passion for the craft as well as flair and now it has the presentation it so longingly deserved. Grab it while you can."
The Sleeping Shaman
"Reedición en vinilo a cargo de Alone Records de una de las joyas del desert rock mas psicodélico y cálido. Este “Ceremony Of The Sunset” reunió en su momento a Gary Arce, legendario músico del desierto y miembro de los celebrados Yawning Man, con la formación británica Sons Of Alpha Centauri y tras una semana de preparación fue grabado y editado en 2009. Las canciones que componen este disco son claros ejemplos de rock del desierto, etéreo e hipnótico, con un sonido caliente y adormecedor que induce a un estado de ánimo muy relajante y confortable. Otra de las grandes virtudes de este disco son sus colaboradores, Mario Lalli de Fatso Jetson, Wendy Rae Fowler de la Mark Lanegan´s Band y Scott Roeder de Kyuss, que añaden un punto mas de calidad a un disco ya de por si clásico. Muy recomendable."
Staf Magazine - 8.5/10