This a new animal in the Kimchee stable of ponies. Indie rockers through and through, the members of Suntan have been around. The music they make together is beautiful, fluid, and triumphant.
While I was listening this three-song EP, I was reminded of the late Polvo, without the math rock sensibilities. Add more grandiose sounding guitars, a la Verbena. The lead vocalist’s voice is buried in walls of guitar and and some type of strange synthesizer, called a “bontempi organ.”
Interestingly, the average length of each song is around eight minutes, so it’s not like this is some ten-minute EP deal.
At times, I was reminded of Dirty-era Sonic Youth, i.e. walls of guitar crafted in an arty and somewhat pristine manner. The EP’s last track, “Soak Up the Rays,” ends with weird guitar and synthesizer craziness that holds steady on one note for the last two minutes or so.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Suntan is an interesting band, and I’ll be happy to hear what their full length, expected in the spring of 2003, will be like. This is what you would expect from a new band getting used to each other, but it’s more than that. There’s an indescribable something about Suntan… Give this one a whirl.
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