Note: This is the third full-length recording from Sunset Rubdown, the other band of Wolf Parade co-frontman Spencer Krug.
Sound: Proggy, imaginative indie rock with epic, multi-sectioned tracks, but a bevy of hooks and strong melodies keep everything tight and focused. The juxtaposition of Spencer Krug’s vibrato-heavy, sometimes-glammy warble and Camilla Wynne Ingr’s smoother, cleaner and sweeter harmonies and vocal interplays add a satisfying layer that balances out some of the noisy experimentation.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Silver Moons”; “Nightingale/December Song”; “You Go On Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Oh!”; “Dragon’s Lair”; “Black Swan”
Recommended: The Wolf Parade boys are on quite a tear. First they release the excellent At Mount Zoomer last year (my #12 Album of 2008). Then co-frontman Dan Boeckner released his strongest album to date with his other band Handsome Furs back in March. Now Spencer Krug has nearly matched him with this Sunset Rubdown release. The beauty of Dragonslayer is that despite all of its fearless ambition and near indulgence, it feels fun, carefree and full of memorable melodies.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)