Listening to the track "Get Together" conjured up images
of Thom Yorke fronting a surfy, psychedelic rock band; but
that' just how strange The Happy Loss by Son Of The Sun
can seem at times. There are also moments when The Jesus And Mary
Chain is fondly recalled, particularly during "Keys (Last
Call)". It's as though snippets of other bands/songs jump out
while this disc plays. For another example, Dylan's "Knockin'
On Heaven's Door" somehow comes to mind with "How Can It
Be?" But correct me if I'm wrong; Dylan never worked regularly
with a banjo player in his band? "The Franklin", with its
jingle bell percussion, sonic-name-drops The Beach Boys' Pet
Sounds, even though one would be hard pressed to make any other
connection between Brian Wilson's approach, and that of Son
Of The Sun.
This group also proves it can create a straight out pop-rock song
on "Get Together". It sports organ, and a relatively clean
recording. Another 'clean' song is "Stay The Same", which
alternates between a chunky electric guitar riff, and dreamy guitar
sounds. And for no particular reason, there is also a garage rock
solo on it. This album closes with "Tell Me", which - with
its gently propulsive bass line - might easily pass for a Morrissey
ballad. There's a lot to chew on here, that's for sure. Son of a gun,
music fans, you'll have big fun with Son Of The Sun!
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