Song Illegal Leak of the Week: Sunset Rubdown, Random Spirit Lover
posted by August 7 at 11:52 AMon
Spencer Krug’s journey towards becoming indie rock’s next all-encompassing Sam Walton continues on October 9 with the release of his third Sunset Rubdown album, Random Spirit Lover. And much like the last great overzealous one, Robert Pollard, Krug’s yet to really fall into an identity crisis between his songwriting efforts for SR, Wolf Parade and Swan
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Though his songs certainly meander and shape shift, he’s still dabbling healthily in his usual faves: intricate guitar solos—like the classic rock mega-riff that kick starts Random’s first track—and all varieties of keyboard-aided melody. That is to say, the guy hasn’t reached his world-conga phase yet. The closest he gets to blowing minds is the carnival hop-skip-and-jump of leaked single “Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days,” though really, it’s not too distant from the whistle-riddled glee of the last record’s “They Took a Vote and Said No.”
Though the rest of the unreleased album keeps up Krug’s knack for six-minute mini-epics, “The Courtesan Has Sung” is a standout for being one of the few truly stripped-down tracks. During the percussion-only intro, Krug’s multitracked voice rattles off in rapid-fire fashion: “Think of the scene where washed up actor wipes the makeup off his wife and says ‘morticians must’ve took you for a whore.’” It sounds like an imitation of his old friend Isaac Brock, both in the sing-yelling and the abrupt endings to syllables, but the similarity dries up once Krug starts into a series of awkwardly echoed “whoa-ah-oh”s. As guitars and more vocal oohs kick in, there’s a very welcome return to familiarity: the extra-fuzzed guitars that opened their last LP, Shut Up I Am Dreaming. Save the congas for next year, Spence.