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Sundowner: Little Elephant SessionsLittle Elephant Sessions (2014)
Fat Wreck Chords
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: matt_bmatt_b
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Chris McCaughan is a busy man. Following the release of his third full length for the not–so–solo project Sundowner – last fall's orchestrated, band–oriented effort Neon Fiction – McCaughan began prepping a new record for his other band – the first in eight years .
Chris McCaughan is a busy man. Following the release of his third full length for the not–so–solo project Sundowner – last fall's orchestrated, band–oriented effort Neon Fiction – McCaughan began prepping a new record for his other band – the first in eight years – the Lawrence Arms. With the release of Metropole, it looked as if McCaughan was over the solo acoustic act and infatuated with writing and playing songs with more musical girth. Sure, each of Sundowner's first two records enlisted the help of guest musicians, most notably fellow Larry Arm and de facto Sundowner member Neil Hennessy, but both albums were fairly minimalist, deeply indebted to McCaughan's acoustic guitar and substantiated by his vocals. What Fiction and Metropole represented was an austere shift toward full band mode, right– Wrong. In a somewhat subtle surprise, McCaughan took a break in Akron, OH while on a short tour with the Lawrence Arms to record a few tracks for Little Elephant's video series. So impressed with the sound quality, he queued up the guys at Fat Wreck to release the songs as a 7–inch. In a nod to his early recordings, no release – official or otherwise – has provided such raw, unadulterated versions of Sundowner songs since McCaughan's first demos released eponymously in 2006, and even then this record required less work.
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