Shut Up I Am Dreaming Import
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Sunset Rubdown started as a solo project of Spencer's home recordings. Canadian micro-indie Global Symphonic released the project's first album, Snake's Got A Leg, in June 2005 and a 5-song self-titled EP in January 2006. The EP recently scored a 7.8 and received a glowing review by Brandon Stosuy on Pitchforkmedia.com. On their new album, Shut Up I Am Dreaming, Sunset Rubdown has evolved into a full-fledged band effort, abandoning the idiosyncrasies of lo-fi solo work yet still eschewing the allure of a polished, glossy production. Along with his bandmates, Krug has transformed Sunset Rubdown into a force of nature and crafted an enormous record. Rough and expansive like a thunderstorm or the whole of a canyon, Shut Up I Am Dreaming rollicks and rages in broad, sweeping gestures and tiny messages.
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I'd now like to address the spotlight reviewer. Musicans/ artists (esp. good ones) create from their heart. Sometimes a lot of people like their contribution and they are recognized i.e., fame, and sometimes their contribution never catches on. However, it is insulting to insinuate that this is "music for the scenesters" like spencer championed them as his key demographic. I am 26 and far from a scenester kid, yet I enjoy this music very much. It's like insinuating that pink floyd made music for drug users. The fact that scenesters may (or may not) like this album is just a side-effect; scenesters weren't the impetus for its creation.
This is an album for anyone that appreciates a beautiful piece of work, be it a scenester, a stoner, or a conservative, etc.
That band is Sunset Rubdown and while it is quite different than Wolf Parade (it's softer and more musically sparse), it still contains the unmistakeable love-or-hate vocals that Krug supplies for both groups. But if you loved Krug's somewhat-strained delivery on Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary then you'll likely enjoy this side project of his.
The album does need quite a few listens for it to really grow on you but I instantly loved such tracks as "Us Ones In Between" with it's cryptic and poetic lyrics and it's simple piano melody. "I'm Sorry I Sang On Your Hands That Have Been in the Grave" has a wonderfully eerie, carnival-like, music-box esque charm to it that makes it stand out from the rest of the album. And finally, "The Men Are Called Horsemen There" and "Snakes Got a Leg III" give the album its most musically intense moments.
I have to mention that Sunset Rubdown also has an LP and an EP that were released prior to this. I absolutely love the EP. I highly recommend trying to find it and if you do - buy it! It has 5 tracks and they are all fantastic. I especially love "Three Colours". While "A Day in the Graveyard" parts I and II are probably the two best songs written and recorded by the band.
This is a wonderful album, filled with soaring and beautiful music accompanied by Krug's haunted, warbling voice
From the opening elegiac chords of "Stadiums and Shrines II" all the way to the soaring pop-synth beats on "Shut Up I am Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings," I loved every second of this album.
To give the album that distinct flavour, Krug is accompanied by a wide assortment of electric pianos, xylophones, accordions and other instruments that give it a child-like, dream-like feel to it.
While the year is still young, I'd be surprised if this album wasn't on some top 10 lists. If there's any justice in the world, that is.