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The Genius Of Krug,
This review is from: Shut Up I Am Dreaming (Audio CD)
Spencer Krug is fast becoming THE name in indie music. What, with him launching the massive Frog Eyes, splitting the vocals in the sublime Wolf Parde, and now this, Sunset Rubdown. Rubdown started life as a solo project for Krug, something in which he could create his own sound, but as he realised the potential of what he was doing, quickly enlisted other members to work on the second album. Shut Up, I Am Dreaming. These members are mostly well known in the 'underground' music scene: Camilla Wynn Ingr (Pony Up!), Jordan Robson-Cramer (XY Lover) and Mike Doerkson. Though Sunset Rubdown had now becoming a fully-fledged 'band'it still reamins to be more of a show-case for Krug's creative brilliance (don't get me wrong, it is a collective effort). From the first chords of 'Stadiums And Shrines' you know that this is going to become an epic album in the progression of 'mod-prog-rock,' fast. Krug wails in his usual hoarse, gritty, earthy voice treats us to his lyrical genius 'There's A kid in there / And he's big, and dumb / And he's kinda scared / Well he's too old to be there,' before proving that he is not the sort of frontman who just sings cliches into the mic, showing us he is aware of the world around him 'I'm sorry that your mother died / That one was my fault / And I'm sorry that anyone dies at all these days / Oh I see the night / With my own two eyes.' Rubdown quickly follow that up with the politically charged 'They Took A Vote And Said No,' a warning to implications of just taking things at face value ( ' Say "You don't know what king we serve, boy / You don't know what things we employ"'). In general, most of the lyrics seem to reflect an almost anarchic chaos of structured brilliance, something in which we had seen from Krug in the past (prime example, 'Fancy Claps' by Wolf Parade), before reaching, in my opinion, the best track on the album, 'Swimming.' A track steeped in artful synthesizers, and quite stunning piano riffs, in which noise becomes quite a stunning collection of chords before Krug begins to describe to us the confusia that love can bring, and the pain that goes in hand with it 'And shes swimming lord, just to be saved.'
Shut Up, I Am Dreaming, is an album that i could happily and quite easily ramble on about for page after page after page, but I'm sure you have noticed already I quite like to waffle on. It's because I'm English. But Sunset Rubdown are one of the best bands in their particualr genre of music in the world at this moment in time, bringing out some truly epic tracks, with a high majority of those tracks being on this one album. This album is an essential for any music fan, and I mean that. Buy it. Now.