You know the story… boy meets record label, record label sees handsome face and dreamy eyes and can smell the sweat dripping from millions of teenage girls, boy can actually play music and write good songs, girls opt for generic tuneless audio product from Justin Bieber who sells as many calendars and perfumes as he does records. Boy parts ways with label and life goes on.
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’: