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Send You Home

by Suntan

This Boston-based band makes 10-minute opuses that are lengthy, psychedelic, progressive, spacey, trancey and droney all at the same time.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Rising For You
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2. The Next Ones
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3. I Can Only Give You Everything
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4. Wiles/Lecube Interlude
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5. King Felix
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6. Every Night
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7. Send You Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Full-length CD
May 2003
KC025
It's been a long cold six months since they introduced themselves with their self-titled EP, but SUNTAN, Boston's new psychedelic torch-bearers, are back with the complete statement. Send You Home is revelatory. Its huge lysergic buzz envelops the senses, as if pulling all the sounds of the world into its dense sonic weave. The songs seem to emanate from a serene place and aspire to plateaus of joy, with the 4-piece SUNTAN's effects-laden guitars and drum and organ swells pushing whatever envelope their melodies are threatening to burst out of. Things can get pretty massive. Even their cover of the Them garage standard "I Can Only Give You Everything" becomes a hairier beast, drenched with reverb and galloping grandly toward something bigger than a two-car. This is the only track herein that approaches traditional airplay-friendly length. The other five (discounting an interlude that actually acts as the intro to "King Felix") ask for more time and earn it, never failing to engage during their extra minutes. "Every Night" and "Send You Home," bring the album to a resplendent conclusion. The former, like "King Felix", employs the "Army of Taros", overdubbed violin courtesy of Taro Hatanaka of Victory at Sea, and engineer Andrew Schneider's bass enters in as well (which does not make this album "bass-less in fact"). The 12-minute title piece is like a giant cumulus, generous in length and leitmotif, floating like a disembodied thing of beauty. It transports the listener and this epic disc to its rather magnificent close.

If last year's SUNTAN EP was the sound of a band entering the space-rock wilderness, occasionally flirting with chaos amidst their obvious predilection for the sublime, then Send You Home finds them full of grace, unhurried and self-assured in their ability to blow your mind. This is a must-have for fans of the past four decades of guitar-heavy head music, from '60's Quicksilver Messenger Service to '70s Television to '80s Rain Parade to '90s Spacemen 3. In the aughts it may be SUNTAN who burns the brightest.


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Eyal Zaets

Unique Piece of Art
Please, if you're into the Shoegaze-Space Rock thing like I am, go get this one. These long reefs are guaranteed to send your mind into a journey between stars, of which you land only after 50 minutes of pure joy.

Score! Music Magazine

cerebral avant-garde indie rock
Ok, if you're into short, fast songs, then forget about Suntan.
You will not find that style here. However, what you will get if you
invest time into this Boston-based four-piece's debut record 'Send You
Home' is cerebral avant-garde indie rock that culminates in long,
complex compositions (the most lengthy offering is the finale, which
clocks in at just under thirteen minutes). And the album may only
consist of seven songs, but it still manages to last an admirable fifty-plus
minutes, full of arty, experimental music.

The record is characterized by Nick Holdzkom's vocals enmeshed in
a dense, dynamic, layered wall of sound. Holdzkom's and Scott Endres'
dual guitar work is inventive, as they each do their own thing while
Dominic Mariano's drums and Lindsay Arth's omnipresent bontempi organ
hold all the composite pieces together. The dreamy first song, "Rising
For You," is a seven and a half minute track that sees Holdzkom's vocals
cut out at about the four-minute mark and for the remaining time, we're
treated to a jam session of guitar overload until they fade out and we
experience more drums and organ. On the following track, the placid "The
Next Ones," many different things occur all at once. It maintains its
calm quality partly due to the soothing vocals, but at a lengthy 9:44,
it's a little too long and repetitive. Likewise, "Every Night" is very
slow and soft, and quite frankly, rather boring even though it gets a
little heavier as the song progresses.

In contrast, "I Can Only Give You Everything" - which is a
relatively short 4:31 - is the best offering on the entire album, as it's
more uptempo than the aforementioned tracks with cannon-like drumming
and a riotous guitar breakdown, making for just an extremely vibrant and
lively song. This song is followed by a light instrumental piece that
flows nicely into the dreamy, psychedelic-tinged number, "King Felix."
On this track, the tempo speeds up mid-song and the organ is pretty low-key
until it's featured more prominently later on, after which the song
reverts to the slower tempo as seen during the first three minutes as
the vocals are reintroduced. The last song, "Send You Home," is a
rather emotional and powerful (and long) closer.