On Patrol by Sun Araw
Released: May 2010
Label: Not Not Fun
Sun Araw is one of Not Not Fun's most appealing groups; it is also one of the label's most adventurous. The ensemble, claiming a chunk of strange terrain halfway between Jaybird-era Sunburned Hand of the Man and The Slits, filters 21st-century psychedelic rock through a dubby future primitivism heavily informed by musty African funk. On Patrol is packed full of delicious highlights, but its absolute best tracks, like "Beat Cop," "Conga Mind" and "Deep Cover," contain an extra element: a veil of lo-fi electronics and deep bass that cajole the grooves into a woozy and hypnotic liminality.
Justin Farrar
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