'Sundowning' (album stream)
We've been privy to the stun-gun assault of nü-grunge single "Swim" for a while now, but the rest of the record reveals the newly six-string-adorned outfit keep things just as intense the whole album through. While it dials down the distortion, opener "First Born" acts as an eerie solo showcase for new guitarist Brody McKnight's string work. Brutal banger "100 Shades" brings things back in the red, but bassist/vocalist Andrea Lukic manages to slip some '90s alt-rock-influenced melodies between her usual terrifying gargoyle screeches, and McKnight lays down a deceptively poppy lead.
Elsewhere, the band serve up spiralling trash rock ("Tynja," "Orange Rose"), minimalist spook-house experimentalism ("Say What You Are") and speaker-shredding freak-outs ("Eat Your Mind"). All in all, it's a palette-expanding outing from the long-running Vancouver outfit, and easily their best yet.
As previously reported, Nü Sensae will be taking Sundowning on a North American tour in August, hitting up several Canadian cities. You can see all the upcoming dates here.
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