I am Canadian. I like “indie” music. But I often find myself shunned by the Skinny Pants Brigade for my lack of worship at the altar of Spencer Krug. Yes, his work on Wolf Parade’s Apologies To The Queen Mary is astounding. I enjoyed, but didn’t love, Shut Up I Am Dreaming. And Random Spirit Lover? It’s nearly unbearable. Too tedious, too precious, and too wrapped up in its own tedious preciousness.
Needless to say my expectations for Sunset Rubdown’s new record, Dragonslayer, were low, low, low. So I was taken totally off-guard when the first track I heard off the album (Idiot Heart) was totally awesome. And then I heard the entire record…and I liked it. I really, really did.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about Dragonslayer that has clicked for me. It sounds like a more natural record…one that isn’t wrapped up in its own world. It sounds loose and at times totally joyful. Most crucially, I think, is that it sounds like the entire band bashed it out together without too much thought.
This is not to say that Krug has totally dialled it down. While being the most accessible, straight-forward record Sunset Rubdown have made, it still features Krug’s memorable lyrics and unconventional arrangements. But here it sounds so incredibly natural that you couldn’t imagine it existing in any other form (something I’ve never thought about this band before). Krug you magnificent bastard…you have won me over. At least for now.
Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart