Rose Windows, ‘The Sun Dogs’ (Sub Pop)
Rose Windows’ debut album alternately swirls with raging noise and spirals down into soothing acoustic folk, with lead singer Rabia Shaheen Qazi’s vocals adding an ethereal touch throughout. The album’s songs have portentous, weighty titles like “Season of Serpents” and “The Shroud,” but the band’s not without a sense of humor. Its Facebook page describes the group as “hard hitting hippies,” and their style of music as “insufferable psychedelic garbage.”
The album is book ended by two highly atmospheric tracks — “The Sun Dogs I: Spirit Modules” and “The Sun Dogs II: Coda” — so the album begins and ends with the same eerie, wailing sound. There’s a lot of musical terrain covered in between. The guitar-bass-drums lineup is embellished by piano, organ and flute, giving the music a sound common to prog rock acts, like early Pink Floyd. But Rose Windows puts its own spin on the music, with instrumental twists and turns that keep you guessing; they don’t sound quite like anybody else.
Note: Rose Windows makes an in-store appearance at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sonic Boom Records.
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