(Photo Credit to Santiago Dietche)
Advance Review - Sun June: Somewhere (February 5, 2021)
While Sun June categorizes themselves as “regret pop”, their album coming out later this week, Somewhere, is a rumination on the little things and moments that make life worth living. The Austin Based group uses meditative rhythm schemes and low and slow bass lines that can only be likened to that of Mazzy Star and other prominent female vocalists of the vein from the 90’s and early 2000’s.
This album is an easy listen, however, there is an emotional depth brought by Laura Cowell’s voice and lyrics evoking exceptional imagery for the listener. The evolution of the group's sound from their LP Years to Somewhere can almost be termed drastic. What’s even more impressive is how each track on Somewhere explores the themes of love and relationships, becoming a celebration of these emotions by the end of the album.
This album serves as a milestone for Sun June, not only a more mature sound but also as their coming of age album. A lyric from the track “Everything I had” is a prime example:
“Got a new apartment / Three doors down from where I used to live /We’re not getting any younger”
“Everything I had” also features a homemade music video that’s very lighthearted and shows Laura Cowell’s personality and her love for performance.
This album came as a surprise to me and sits in my top 5 for albums of the year so far. I showed my support for the album by purchasing the limited “Deep Blue in Clear” vinyl pressing.
Rating - 5/5