The Throwing Muses‘ just-released 10th album Sun Racket is an audio-visual affair, as the record is accompanied by a full visual album by experimental filmmaker C.K. Sumner, who, according to Fire Records, mixed photography and 4K digital to create visual pieces to go along with each of record’s 10 songs. You can watch it in full right here.
According to the label, Sumner is encouraging views to “lose track of which is motion/video and which is still film photography.” The photos used in the pieces “were developed using a coffee-based solution to distort and change the way in which the images settled,” according to Fire Records.
Sun Racket is the college-rock veterans’ first record in seven years. The band — singer/guitarist Kristin Hersh, drummer David Narcizo and bassist Bernard Georges — were in the studio making Sun Racket last summer when they played their first shows in five years, a handful of concerts and a slot handpicked by Robert Smith at The Cure’s Pasadena Daydream Festival.
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the songs sound more interesting than some of the other recent releases. i doubt i will ever not miss having Tanya’s sugar and cream to go along with Hersh’s bitter black coffee.
“Upstairs Dan” is probably the best track so far.
reminds me of early Hayden.
the visuals to this entire album are amazing though. textural and surreal, short depth of field grainy photos, what’s not to like? would bet he enjoyed late 80s v23 artwork as well. :-)
folks tend to think back to the Tanya Pop years as the band’s “golden age,” but they’ve certainly put out some fine records without her if not exactly lately. i assume we all still love University, while Limbo from 1996 — unfortunately lost in limbo, as it doesn’t seem to be available anywhere — might have been their most fun and accessible record ever.
my least favorite release of theirs. So far.
they sound sleepy. Tempos are largely the same throughout.