Comprised of founding members Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury, along with Michael Bain (guitar), Sarah Schultz (drums), and Justin Harris (bass), the Austin, TX-based indie rock act Sun June can trace their origins to when its founding duo of Colwell and Salisbury started the band while working very long hours in Terrence Malick’s editing rooms, practicing whenever Malick was out of town.
Last year, the band began working on their forthcoming full-length album Years with Evan Kaspar at Estuary Recording Facility, recording the material live to tape without being overly polished or processed. As the band notes, the album is a “we’ve-been-broken-up-along-time” album, and explores how loss — of friends, family members and partners — evolves over time; but while not being too heavy or too serious. Interestingly enough, at the time, Keeled Scales Records’ Tony Presley lived above the studio and first heard the band playing through the floorboards, and immediately contacted and signed the band to the label, who will be releasing the album on June 15, 2018. So far, the band has built up quite a bit of buzz with several crowd wooing sets at this year’s SXSW and they’ve received attention from Spotify’s Fresh Finds and NPR’s Staff Picks. And adding to a growing profile, the band is playing alongside Waxahatchee, Bedouine, and Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Levitation after-party this weekend.
Album opening track “Discotheque” is an atmospheric and slow-burning track featuring an arrangement of shimmering guitar chords, shuffling drums paired with achingly tender and gorgeous vocals, and the song manages to evoke a complex array of
profoundly inescapable loss but with a sense of pride and celebration; after all, to truly live is to know, accept, and live with loss because it meant you knew love and connection with another, even if it were briefly. And somehow, some way, life pushes you forward no matter what.
Directed and edited by Laura Colwell and Stephen Salisbury, the recently released video for “Discotheque” is eccentric yet cinematic as it follows Colwell and Salisbury as they drive around a boring and average American suburban development that’s somewhere between the hope of being built up and disastrously incomplete — and they do so in a daze of amazement, loss and confusion.