August 8, 2007

One of the main reasons why I blog is to get the opportunity to write headlines involving the phrase “Free Sunset Rubdown.” Because nothing says “indie rock” more than vaguely creepy band names that may or may not involve a happy ending. (See also Man Man and The Strokes).

But really. Let’s talk Random Spirit Lover for a second. It’s really really good. Maybe unbelievably great. I’m not sure yet. I still have some listening to do. Like all Spencer Krug albums, it’s not the sort of thing you can really digest in one sitting. His records play like collections of short stories sharing a few stark themes. And they aren’t page turners either. He makes the sort of music that demands patience, something that seems antithetical to the sugar-rush grab bag of the digital age.

Thanks to Gorilla Vs. Bear, I became aware of the fact that Jagjaguwar is currently offering up a free MP3 from Random Spirit Lover, the ridiculously titled, “Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days.” It’s not my favorite song from the record, but then again you’d be hard pressed to find anything even remotely poppy on it, so it must have been impossible to try to pick out what the “single” is. The album doesn’t come out until October 9th. I’ll have the full review when it finally drops. In the meantime, enjoy your Sunset Rubdown. It’s certainly not for everyone, but if you’re at all into Krug’s previous work, I can promise you a happy ending, free of charge.

MP3: Sunset Rubdown-“Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days”

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