Sundogs release vibrant and versatile record The Code

Kaitlin Ruether, 3 weeks ago
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In terms of content, Sundogs have no limit. Unity is held in their nods to nostalgic details and a symbiotic relationship between the piano and electric guitar — but from that foundation, what spills forth could be anything. 

That being said, there are through-lines on their latest record, The Code, that bring out a passion for storytelling with the occasional dose of anthemic inspiration. The opening track, “I Want it Now”, might be short, but it sets up retro-guitar rock and layered vocals. “Mystery Car” splits away to tell a story of a car left abandoned in a parking lot and the narrator’s projected desires of running away. The track has comical flare and even a nod to the band’s own name in the lyrics. 

In fact, ideas of escape and return permeate this record, which also tells a story of change over time on “Jennifer”, which — true to the restless nature of Sundogs — shifts into a jazzier, more minimal composition. As the record progresses, it shifts into a lower gear. “In the Night of the Light” has a late night feel to slide along its message of perseverance, while “Ride” brings Mexican culture, flavour, and history to a jazzier tune. 

But at the end of the day, Sundogs are wielders of grandness. The title track showcases the guitar with an upbeat tone, while “Freedom” shows rougher edges and a guitar and keys combination that simmers. “Balloon” brings an unconventional narrative together with a buoyant melody, rounding out an album of twists and turns. 

The Code was released on May 28th, 2020. To hear more from Sundogs, you can find them on their website, Bandcamp and Facebook page.

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