In between gigs with his more famous band Wolf Parade, Canadian singer-songwriter Spencer Krug crafts elegantly weird orchestral pop romps with Sunset Rubdown. Their latest, "Random Spirit Lover" allows Krug to indulge in his more grandiose musical ideas.

In between gigs with his more famous band Wolf Parade (not to mention his other side project Swan Lake), Canadian singer-songwriter Spencer Krug crafts elegantly weird orchestral pop romps with Sunset Rubdown. Their latest, “Random Spirit Lover” allows Krug to indulge in his more grandiose musical ideas.

The album kicks off with “The Meaning of the Gown,” driven by chopsticks-style piano and an electric guitar riff that wouldn’t sound out of place on Television’s “Marquee Moon.” The medieval “Magic vs. Midas” starts out spare and affecting and builds to a piano-driven crescendo, while Krug’s wobbly voice powers the proggy “Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days.” Things get dark with the cinematic “Colt Stands Up, Grows Horns” which might play well while watching “Tron.” With song titles convoluted enough to give Sufjan Stevens a run for his money, “Random Spirit Lover” offers dense, high-brow pop that’s certainly not for all tastes, but is a welcomed effort for those who like their rock slightly askew.

Sunset Rubdown - 'Random Spirit Lover'

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