Sundogs Displace Mountains on New LP Move

By Deuce

There’s music, and then there’s music. One listen to just about any of the songs on the fourth LP from Sundogs, Move, and there’s no question as to which one this fun loving bunch has compiled a batch of for your listening pleasure.

Almost every tune on this album gets to a moment of perfection—whether it’s a groove, a melody, a rhythm or, as is most often the case, some confluence of each of these factors. The songs are well written and even better executed, the lyrics embrace positivity, resiliency, and hope, and the musicianship is unmatched in its ability to go in different directions with tantamount quantities of success.

Take a song like “Eddard”, which has obvious jazz overtones with its electric piano, live drums, and mid-tempo meandering. It gets better the longer one listens to it, confident in its authenticity, form, and structure to please simply by being itself.

Perhaps the common theme throughout these cuts is the band’s ability to meld different genres without alienating any of them. The bass line on “Battle”, for instance, is as cogent as anything from the funk era. However, the gang smoothes it out with a nice melody by a lead vocalist whose voice sounds as cool as waterfalls, especially when he’s churning out apothegms like “everything changes the moment you’re under fire.”

Yet the pace of the tune, the rollicking organs and both the bass and electric guitar—which match the singer note for note during a sizable portion of the song—are imbued with the very spirit of rock, which blends seamlessly with the funky overtones.

“Trip The Light” is one of the ones where the pure pleasure of the music simply threatens to overtake everything. It comes in thumping with the classic “we will, we will rock you” drum pattern, and the bass and lead guitar are back in unison. Yet out the woodworks the piano comes trickling down from an angle so oblique it would make for a perfect sample if some bedroom producer could filter out all the lows and competing sounds.

Such is the case on the majority of these tracks: they’re simply a wonder to behold, to say nothing of listening to them time and time again.

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