Thankfully, in this day and age, you don’t need a major label to keep making great music and upping your game — and Chase Coy’s latest project, Sun Culture, is testament to that.
Sun Culture’s self-titled debut EP (it looks like an album at 8 tracks, but clocks in at 24 minutes) will easily rank high among my year-end best records. Comparisons to Vampire Weekend and the 1975 are easy to make, but Sun Culture one-ups those excellent records by being a bit easier to digest. All three discs are filled with delicious hooks, inventive twists and turns and imaginative songwriting, but Sun Culture takes it down a notch to match the carefree vibe of a perfect summer. Note: this isn’t a competition, leave the feuding to Chris Brown and Drake. You should own all three albums and you can buy all three for about $20 at Amazon.
All eight of Sun Culture’s tracks are excellent, but three in particular deserve to be multi-platinum hits on par with Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ and Iggy’s ‘Fancy’.
‘God Only Knows’ marries a phenomenal vocal with a euphoric guitar crescendo, take a spin here:[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/25551244″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
‘Sea Salt’ is an equally sweet ride — if people still listened to the radio, this song would totally explode at radio. Who knows, cassettes are popular again, perhaps radio is soon to follow.
The EP’s secret weapon is a track called ‘Hold Out’ — this gorgeous, expansive and breathtaking track recalls the ambition of the Delta Spirit’s self-titled third album that ranked atop my 2012 Best Albums list.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141204016″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
OK, so now we arrive at the main event. Sun Culture is out with a new track this week with hopefully a lot more soon to follow. Presenting, the world premiere of ‘Young Blood’: