Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sonny & the Sunsets

Musical simplicity: harder than it seems, and just as emotionally resonant as the most complex arias. This year has been critically ruled by cerebral art rock--Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent, etc. Yet SF's Sonny & the Sunsets don't need no fancy laptops, autoharps, or digital effects--they just create beautifully shaggy garage pop that sounds utterly timeless from the moment the needle hits the wax (or the 1's and 0's shoot out of...wait, what's the digital comparative?). The brain (and, more fitting, the heart) behind these charming tunes is one Sonny Smith, who has put out a number of solo albums before teaming up with some Bay Area friends to craft Tomorrow Is Alright, the Sunsets' debut album. Smith has experience writing short stories, and his songs seem to allude to this, each one a fully-formed tale populated with intriguing characters. Tomorrow is set for a November 10 release via Soft Abuse, and it seems it might go fast--their debut single sold out quickly over the summer. Pre-order the album here, and be sure to check out the tunes below.

**Note: you can now download any songs I put on this blog, but only for a limited time. Right-click on the song (control-click for Mac users) and save the file to your computer, or just stream it by clicking the arrow.

Sonny and the Sunsets--Too Young To Burn
Sonny and the Sunsets--Death Cream

No comments:

Post a Comment