Sometimes you find out about a band and you’re like, “uh, why aren’t these guys super famous?” This week’s band of the week is like that. They just made an album that’s a total masterpiece and it rocks and you should hear it NOW! The band of the week is… SUNSET!!!
I blogged about these guys recently but since I haven’t received a million emails telling me, “Omg, you were totally right, these guys are amazing!” I’m going to make ’em a band of the week.
So, basically Sunset is the ornate, psych-rock project of Bill Biard, one time member of one time buzz band Sound Team. As happens sometimes, the buzz died down, the artist kept making music, and the music got better while nobody watched. But seriously, now it’s time to pay attention.
Though Sunset has a bunch of great albums in the can, their latest, Loveshines But The Moon Is Shining Too, is a borderline masterpiece, and if it’s just a little too long and indulgent to be one, it’s got enough amazing songs to make the point debatable. It may very well be one of the best album I’ve heard this year.
Carrying on in the tradition of walking the thin line between classical music and psychedelic rock (see: The Moody Blues‘ Days of Future Past or The Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request), the album is a swirling haze of baroque pianos and violins, but they’ll put a stuttering beat behind it or something and it’ll be just perfect, like in the song “Late Night Dawning”. Unlike the two albums referenced above though, there’s nothing heavy handed about Loveshines…, rather it feels like a very intimate, even fun album, and there are moments of chaos, discordance and random instrumental forays that distinguish it is as such.
You need to listen to this album now. If there is justice in the world, this album will find it’s audience and they will rise from the underground. No work of art as great as Loveshines… should go unappreciated to the extent it deserves, so buy it, dl it, stream it off bandcamp, just hear this thing, please.