Sunset Rubdown / Dragonslayer - 4065593
New CD/LP from Wolf Parade side project, Sunset Rubdown.
Released: July 15, 2009
Sunset Rubdown / Snakes Got a Leg - RS-CW019
Based in Montreal via Victoria this is Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade’s one man show. It could easily be brushed off as an arty side-project since Spencer plays in Sub Pop’s very own Wolf Parade but the music is just too good. This record moves through varied territory making it hard to categorize but fans of Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes and other innovative noise makers will be happy.
Released: January 23, 2007
Sunset Rubdown / Shut Up I Am Dreaming - AK060-2
Sunset Rubdown’s music is lo-fi, shell-shocked, dissonant, and very reminiscent of David Bowie/Brian Eno’s post-apocalypse fixation, circa Station to Station. The images and music that singer Spencer Krug has put to tape tell of futility and disconnectedness through his warbled, pained singing—a style that almost distracts too much from the music. It’s similar to the way that Conor Oberst’s rawness sometimes overwhelms Bright Eyes. However, there are standouts like “I’m Sorry That I Sang on Your Hands That Have Been in the Grave,” where a weirdly gorgeous meditation over a click-track coughs up a glimmering loneliness. On “The Men Are Called Horsemen There” glam and drama are dialed all the way up and mixed with a heavy Spectorian wall of sound. “Shut Up I Am Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings” swirls with tension, then opens into an ’80s New-Romantic sad dance party. Employing unusual instruments, off-kilter arrangements, and an all-around herky-jerky feel, the album is intriguing and unsettling, not unlike Krug’s other projects, Frog Eyes and Wolf Parade.
Released: January 22, 2007