Shut Up I Am Dreaming by Sunset Rubdown on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Spencer Krug — singer/keyboardist for Montreal’s Wolf Parade — is carving a trenchant niche in the indie-rock pantheon with his band Sunset Rubdown, originally started as an outlet for his solo efforts. There’s a bit of the artist-loose-in-the-studio feel here, but overall this amalgamation of various styles of rock, theatrical undertones and grand visions unfettered might leave a person speechless on first listen. Krug paints in bold, psychedelic swirls on “Stadiums And Shrines II” (a more refined, yet bigger version than the one on Snake’s Got A Leg), dabbles in a pirate swagger on “They Took a Vote and Said No,” and conducts a dark carnival on “Swimming.” “The Empty Threats of Little Lord” is indeed darkly threatening, and what should be a pretty ballad turns to a mind-splintering lullaby on “Us Ones In Between;” Krug pleads, as gently as he can, “Oh, baby, mother me before you eat me.” The long title track is a brilliant meeting of light and dark, and gets under your skin in a wonderful, melancholy way. Maybe not what sweet dreams are made of, exactly, but if we’re talking nightmares, at least the soundtrack is unforgettable.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Spencer Krug — singer/keyboardist for Montreal’s Wolf Parade — is carving a trenchant niche in the indie-rock pantheon with his band Sunset Rubdown, originally started as an outlet for his solo efforts. There’s a bit of the artist-loose-in-the-studio feel here, but overall this amalgamation of various styles of rock, theatrical undertones and grand visions unfettered might leave a person speechless on first listen. Krug paints in bold, psychedelic swirls on “Stadiums And Shrines II” (a more refined, yet bigger version than the one on Snake’s Got A Leg), dabbles in a pirate swagger on “They Took a Vote and Said No,” and conducts a dark carnival on “Swimming.” “The Empty Threats of Little Lord” is indeed darkly threatening, and what should be a pretty ballad turns to a mind-splintering lullaby on “Us Ones In Between;” Krug pleads, as gently as he can, “Oh, baby, mother me before you eat me.” The long title track is a brilliant meeting of light and dark, and gets under your skin in a wonderful, melancholy way. Maybe not what sweet dreams are made of, exactly, but if we’re talking nightmares, at least the soundtrack is unforgettable.

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3:43
4:26
5:32
3:52
5:07
3:41
7:05
1:21
7:23

About Sunset Rubdown

Easily one of the busiest people in indie rock, vocalist/keyboardist Spencer Krug of the critically hailed Montreal band Wolf Parade (as well as part time Frog Eyes member) leads Sunset Rubdown, intended to be an additional outlet for Krug's songwriting and slightly more experimental than Wolf Parade. Krug released the first Sunset Rubdown album, Snake's Got a Leg, as a solo work in July 2005. It wasn't long until he assembled a full band featuring Jordan Robson Cramer, Mike Doerkson, and former Pony Up! member Camilla Wynne Ingr. Following a self-titled EP, this lineup released Sunset Rubdown's second long-player, Shut Up I Am Dreaming, in May 2006 on Absolutely Kosher. It was followed in 2007 by Random Spirit Lover. ~ Kenyon Hopkin

  • ORIGIN
    Montreal, Canada

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