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Is it krautrock day today? I just had to write some words about the newie from Toronto’s Fresh Snow which reminded me of the north’s very own Warm Digits, and no sooner have I reviewed that than this Can-esque platter drops onto my lap from Sunray, which you would think from the back cover photo (of a man in smart casual dress) were a solo project but actually there are nine musicians listed on the insert. The one who wrote and arranged everything is Jon Chambers so I’m assuming he’s our “Mr Serious” on the back, gazing into the middle distance through his tinted Bono shades.
Another thing it’s reminding me of is CAVE, especially on the first track, but while CAVE carve out ominous, gleaming juggernauts from their repeato patterns this is all a bit more hippie-ish with some wibbly whimsical Canterbury touches taking away the hard mathematical edge and making it softer, warmer, more approachable.
There’s even some twinkly acoustic guitar on ‘Golden Dawn’, which I presume from its Nick Drake-esque prettiness is not in fact about the Greek neo-nazi twats but simply his breathy, wistful tribute to a striking daybreak. In fact generally speaking the second side does delve a little more into pastoral psych-pop than the kraut-centric first side, heading into a likeable BJM-ish territory in places. I think I prefer the krauty first side but it’s all pretty solid stuff.
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