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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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Purchase with Headphones

Every review of this album has name-checked Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade and various other influences for Sunset Rubdown (oops, so has mine) but the fact is there is a lot of influence here and if you like those groups you will like this. Krug gets to play a little bit more can hear the places where he goes off on tangents that other members of Wolf Parade may not have allowed. And for the most part they work. The opening and closing tracks are highlights for me but all the tracks are strong and to get the full scope of the amazing production and Krugs quivering vocals...headphones are a must. Enjoy!

Great album

This is an incendiary album by an incredible ensemble. Each song song is unique, beautiful, and painfully strange. Spencer's vocals have never been more potent.

better than Wolf Parade

its not as immediately catchy as the last Wolf Parade album, but its far more complex, and is much more rewarding over time as you listen to it again and again


Formed: Montreal, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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Shut Up I Am Dreaming, Sunset Rubdown
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