Oh Yeah? by Sunwatchers

Well you have to laugh don't you? Everything about New York's Sunwatchers is somewhat contrary. Their name suggests summery power-pop but their music is darker and experimental. The sort of music that should be Dead Serious but the band have a playful side oddball song titles and in jokes. This six track effort is their fourth so far and sees them compared to the likes of the Fugs and Horse Lords

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Oh Yeah? by Sunwatchers
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8/10 Daoud 20 May 2020

I am a simple man. All I want in life is a banana at midday, a landlord who’ll let me have a pet, and an album that closes with a 20 minute psych jam. Now that I’ve listened to ‘Oh Yeah?’, the fourth album from the Big Apple’s Sunwatchers, I have all three. I am content.

Sunwatchers are a fast psych rock band with a saxophonist. They’re fast like Oh Sees (or whatever they’re called right now) and have a saxophonist like, uh, jazz? Probably the readiest point of comparison is Horse Lords, another band who very much fit that bill. And that’s not all the two have in common. Sunwatchers share that rigorous minimalism that made ‘The Common Task’ such an engaging listen.

Tracks are mostly built on repetitive riffs, be that on saxophone or guitar. ‘Brown Ice’ has at its core an impossible oscillation performed on saxophone by Jeff Tobias, made possible thanks either to a loop pedal or Colin Stetson’s Circular Breathing™. It sounds like the most hellish arpeggio practice imaginable, and provides the band with all the space they need to get into a groove. By the end Tobias gets sick of it and goes into overdrive, he cuts loose.

The riff at the heart of ‘The Conch’ is lovely and bright, in stark contrast to ‘Thee Worm Store’s my sludgy chaos. Everything comes together on ‘The Earthsized Thumb’, the album's 20 minute closer. A simple guitar pattern is played and played and played for nearly eight minutes before everything falls apart. The band catch themselves, they’re no mere jam band, and by the end that guitar is all alone, and more stripped backed than before.



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