Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer

Forth studio album by Sunset Rubdown

Just posted today at Jagjaguwar Records, Sunset Rubdown's next album will be entitled Dragonslayer. Album art is posted above, and the expected release date will be June 23, 2009. Also released was the track listing. I'm really excited to finally see a studio cut of "Idiot Heart", which can be heard here at the band's second Daytrotter Session (and also at the end of this post). 2009 is going to be sweet!

Track listing:
  1. Silver Moons
  2. idiot Heart
  3. Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!
  4. Black Swan
  5. Paper Lace
  6. You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)
  7. Nightingale / December Song
  8. Dragon's Lair
The official press-release for the album reads below:
Sunset Rubdown was once the moniker under which Spencer Krug released low fidelity solo recordings. The project has long since evolved into a full band, and Dragonslayer is the third full-length recorded by the whole group. Besides Krug, it features the three musicians who originally signed on: Jordan Robson-Cramer on drums, guitar and keys, Michael Doerksen on guitar and bass, and Camilla Wynne Ingr on keys, percussion and vocals. And now, for the first time, newest member Mark Nicol can be heard on bass, drums, and percussion.

Sunset Rubdown's previous release on Jagjaguwar, Random Spirit Lover, was a studio-built album, in that much of it was written while recording (built up in separate layers, with almost all the vocals needing to be overdubbed). With the new album, the band wanted to try something completely different. It was a very conscious decision, and not a "natural progression." The result is an album that feels honest, natural, and straightforward. The musicianship is left in the open, unassisted by studio magic, and the songs are left to justify for themselves their own screwy pop-rock existence.

Dragonslayer was recorded in the fall of 2008. Sunset Rubdown hope that the true strength of this new album is a hidden complexity that emerges slowly from within the straight production and raw musicianship, and from what sounds at first to be an only slightly skewed approach to pop. They hope it's like that one friend of yours who looks unassuming and normal, but once you get to know him it's obvious he's basically crazy.
MP3: Sunset Rubdown - "Idiot Heart" Daytrotter Session
(go here for the full Daytrotter Session)