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Boomkat Product Review:
Here's yet more Canadian rock to get very, very excited about. Sunset Rubdown's third album, Random Spirit Lover finds the band's main player, Spencer Krug (also of Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes) accompanied by fellow Montreal scenesters Jordan Robert Cramer, Michael Doerksen and Camilla Wynne Ingr, and by now a far cry from the project's bedroom beginnings, this latest full-length is one weighty tome. Complete with bizarre, rather impenetrable song titles like 'Up On Your Leopard, Upon The End Of Your Feral Days' the band put forth a compelling vision of ambitious, ornate indie rock music, rammed with clever, engaging lyrical ventures and poly-instrumental invention. In production terms Random Spirit Lover is comparable to the boldly stylised saturations of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Dave Fridmann-produced Some Loud Thunder, but musically this is a more diverse affair. Tracks like 'The Mending Of The Gown' suggest an operatically scaled approximation of Destroyer (Krug and Danny Bejar share a stage as part of the Swan Lake project in fact) with its wordy, theatrical delivery, while 'For The Pier (And Dead Shimmering)' sports a flamboyant arrangement Van Dyke Parks would be proud of. There are so many musical ideas packed into the album's hour-or-so duration that at times it can all seem a bit disorientating, but given a few listens you'll find yourself starting to digest this splendorous experimental indie rock banquet. Very highly recommended.