Will Sunwatchers ever slow down? Over the past two years, the New York group have released their self-titled debut and its follow-up, II, along with two live albums to boot. Now, they’ve dropped a new song, “Beautiful Crystals.”
It’s another entrancing track full of filtered, fuzzy guitars rioting over an ever-present backbeat and skronk-groove from drummer Jason Robira and bassist Peter Kerlin. Of particular note is Jim McHugh’s sinister wah-wah guitar, which sounds like Frank Zappa meets Bitches Brew—during an acid trip.
The song is taken from their forthcoming LP, Illegal Moves, whose eye-popping album art by Scott Lenhardt features the Kool-Aid Man battling former presidents and cartoon characters alike.
“[The Kool-Aid Man is] a corporate advertising mascot going rogue and getting wise and turning his knowledge and strength against the Arbiters of Oppression, turning the psycho-emotional propagation of exploitation and consumption against itself,” McHugh explained in a press release. Sit with that for a second.
Illegal Moves is due February 22 on Trouble In Mind Records. Stream “Beautiful Crystals” and peep the album art below: