Sunfear: Octopus (Dark Entries, 2022)

September 13, 2022 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sunfear: Octopus

Sunfear’s debut album often buries simple, resonant guitar and vocals in cocoons of echo, with natural sounds flowing and trickling on certain tracks, making it feel like an intimate performance in a magical forest. It feels simultaneously right up close and distant, hazy, untouchable. The lyrics might be about forgetting, or not knowing where someone is. The specifics can be hard to grasp, but the overall experience leaves a distinct impression. The one song with drums, “Octopus”, pulls you along and keeps you afloat, just narrowly avoiding tumbling into a vast pool of regret — the chorus seems to go “I’m sorry, I guess”. Lastly, “Goodbye” detaches from everything else and departs the earth without any hesitations. It’s remarkable when someone can create something that sounds lost, wandering, disembodied, yet focused and specific, nothing close to a formless mess.

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