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Krug's first major solo step
on August 14, 2016
Spencer Krug's first proper album as Sunset Rubdown is a rock album but a very unique one. Before it was an Indie standard to throw in the kitchen sink in regards to instrumentation, Krug was simply using these more uncommon instruments as he saw fit. Add to that a lesson in explosive energy from his other band, Wolf Parade, and this odd Baroque album manages to be wholly cerebral and move bodies at the same time.
If I had to complain about this album, I would argue it is an insular experience that can feel isolating at times. Krug's stylistic lineage as a musician seems to be on a different family tree than most other rock bands. He seems to have more in common with Classical composers. But as a detour, a musical getaway, records don't come better than this.