Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover

Sunset Rubdown is Spencer Krug's non commercial, least successful project, but the one he has the most control over. And we are better off for that. These songs aren't immediately accessible, but there is an honestly in their dense, suffocating nature. All the songs blend together so perfectly that it takes nearly the whole hour before you realize that songs are actually happening. Motifs about violins and random guitar melodies show up throughout these songs, further emphasizing the album over the songs. The feeling is of some crazy musical genius in a room blowing through ideas, one after the other, not bothering to stop and polish them up. No slaving over dubs and masters. Get the songs down and move on. You should play this often. It shows that indie rock is still breathing, that there are bands who are still innovative within the typical constructs of the garage.

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