Artist: Sun Brimmer
Title: From a Limb On A Tree
Released: June 20th, 2013
Label: Talking Skull
Format: Cassette, digital
Genre: Folk, psyche folk, blues, rural Canadiana, folk noir, folk pop
From the mighty land of Canada comes Sun Brimmer’s cassette. And it’s awesome.
One thing I noticed right away on some tracks, there is a layering of spoken word noir styled narration overlapping the lyrics, giving this a sort of storytelling feel. Out of all of the releases in my vast collection of CDs, records and tapes, very few come to mind that use this method. I like it. It’s a nice spin on oral tradition and traditional songwriting in one package.
There’s a power lurking in the lyrics. Each track has a life to it; you can feel it as it plays. There is a darkness here and an air of mystery in places. This is evident on tracks like “Born with a Tooth” and “Hard Time Killing Floor,” and on the tracks on the flip side of the cassette.
The blending of blues, folk, folk pop and rural elements gives this a very authentic feel. There’s no filler, no sugar, just what matters. And despite me trying to make this sound simple, this is a far richer album. Everything about it is expertly assembled. Heck, they even worked in some field recordings into this. Talk about a blending of genres! It’s amazing to think that the front-man of Sun Brimmer also jams in two garage rock bands (Leamers and Devil Eyes), he makes everything seem so natural; as if this style was something he had been doing for ages.
To sum it up, this is a great cassette. If you’re a fan of this mixture of genres, you’d be a fool now to get a copy. It’s hard for me to draw comparisons between how this release sounds and other artists it might sound like, so I’ll just skip that part. Trust me, this is good. Just get it.
4.9 out of 5.
I’m now quite eager to hear more from this label, and so should you.