If you've found yourself wishing there were more music out there by the Sundays, do yourself a favor and find their 1997 singles Summertime(CD1) and Cry(CD2), which together present four previously unreleased tracks.
The best of the four is Gone, a kind of yang to Summertime's yin. An antidote to that song's lonely, pessimistic view of summer as a time when only the beautiful people find each other, Gone describes a young couple who haven't a care about the rest of the world, and revel in their own secluded togetherness while it lasts. Nothing Sweet, the other new track on Summertime, is a Freudian meditation on the world of dreams, with an anxious fear of ridicule and death hidden beneath its sweet, otherworldly surface. (These seem to be the sentiments expressed by the diver floating silently through an ambiguous space on the cover of Cry, which lends a certain aesthetic uniformity to the set.)
Two more new tracks, Through the Dark and Life Goes On, await discovery on this second disc. The latter, with its embarrassingly facile guitar solo, is a mixed bag, but Through the Dark, a lavish nod to the silver screen, is a gem. Its smoldering atmosphere, even its choice of words, is overtly sexual, so that it comes as something of a surprise to find that its subject is not a heated encounter between two people, but a love affair with film noir.