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Sundials: Never SettleNever Settle (2011)
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Last year, Richmond, Virgina's Sundials released an enjoyable 7'' that may have suffered from a bit of a sectarian appeal. The band's first export into LP universe finds the trio crafting a unique median between the cordial yet quirky melodies of Archers of Loaf and the volume of Pavement. Never Set.
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Last year, Richmond, Virgina's Sundials released an enjoyable 7'' that may have suffered from a bit of a sectarian appeal. The band's first export into LP universe finds the trio crafting a unique median between the cordial yet quirky melodies of Archers of Loaf and the volume of Pavement. Never Settle, if anything, is just unbelievably catchy; but more importantly, it's the perfect stepping stone in the right direction.

The album is raw and the singing is flat, but it's all contextually appropriate. Multiple listens unravel layers that may reveal a tambourine, piano run, or slide guitar–it is admittedly a deceptive quality. However, the pitfalls of 3 Songs are cleanly avoided: The LP knows how to restrain itself, even reaching a haunting, Plan-It-X style dynamic in "San Francisco Courthouse Steps".

Their songwriting establishes nice hooks at an engaging pace. Opener "Either Way" casts a sense of reluctance, stating that "tomorrow is tomorrow either way," a tidy reminder for the ego and a humbling tone-setter for the remainder of the record. Likewise, "Carver Blues" kinda sums up the whole thing for me. Maybe it's simply relatable to a painful degree, but there's something undeniably palpable in the line, "The only thing I leave this house to see is living in a different city." There was potential for the second half to lag, but "Take You in My Coffee" fulfills the energy with a clever demeanor. After that, it's smooth sailing.

Whatever Never Settle misses in originality is quickly made up for with memorability and wit. If Sundials isn't included on your next mixtape, it'd probably be in your best interest to pay your otologist a visit.

The vinyl release of Never Settle is being handled by Toxic Pop.

 

 
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Levendus (May 26, 2011)

I thought I was enjoying this album, as I really like the first 3-4 songs but the effect was worn off pretty quickly. The singing feels too flat and lifeless, which seems like it's the point to some extent, but it just doesn't lift me at all. Overall it all feels a bit too bare bones to sustain my interest for more than a few songs.

quickattack (March 15, 2011)

Good shit, I'd even say great shit. Way better than their ep, which I really liked.

mystereohasmono (March 12, 2011)

Way overrated.

Wyld_Stallyns_Rule (March 11, 2011)

This album has grown on me immensely in the last few weeks. Definite addition to my steady rotation.

thenightman (March 11, 2011)

real good. real real good.

mattramone (March 11, 2011)

This band is fucking rad and this album kicks ass.

preston (March 11, 2011)

Took awhile to grow on me. Love it now.

ZachLeg (March 11, 2011)

6 Songs was good. I'll have to check this out.

Lysdexia (March 11, 2011)

Good review. This album is so good. Perfect for the whole "Kinda cold but really sunny outside" thing that my city's going through right now.

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