Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer
Sunset Rubdown were one of those bands that I thought hadn’t yet made an album that truly lived up to their potential. I liked, but not loved, both 2006′s Shut Up I Am Dreaming and 2007′s Random Spirit Lover, but would never count them amongst my favourite bands. Perhaps annoyingly talented front man Spencer Krug was spreading himself too thin through his involvement with Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, and others, I dunno. But once I had heard ‘The Mending Of The Gown’ off Random Spirit Lover, possibly one of my favourite tracks released this decade, I knew Sunset Rubdown could do great things. And, true to my suspicions, in Dragonslayer Krug has not only delivered the best album of the band’s career to date, but indeed what is likely to be one of the great indie-rock releases of the year.
Everything about this album feels bigger, more sure of itself, more ambitious. Even the name is big and bold, and the right side of the rather precarious awesome/ridiculous line. The tracks average out to about six minutes long each and are filled with so much rich instrumentation, so many pure ideas that your first listen will probably be a bit of a blur, albeit a pretty impressive one. Dragonslayer probably isn’t going to immediately grab you and become Your Favourite New Album of the year. At least, not right away. But it will worm itself into your subconscious. … Continue Reading