Susy Sun record release show

Bootleg Theater Presents

Susy Sun record release show

Yay Blynn (Motor Sales), Sie Sie Benhoff, Dylan Rodrigue

Fri. April 5, 2019

8:30 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$10

This event is 21 and over

Susy Sun
Susy Sun
Anthemic pep talks, gutted relationships, cutting critiques illuminated by hymn-like allegory — all this makes The Way the Wind Blows both Susy Sun's most hyper-personal and universally resonant work yet. The upcoming debut LP stretches the umbrella of pop with Americana moxie.

In 2016, the classically trained pianist and songwriter traded the stages of the Northwest for the studios of Los Angeles. En route, struck by the immovable presence of thousand-year Redwoods, this album took root. Produced by Grammy award-winner Dennis Herring with string arrangements by Alexander Rudd, the compilation of introspective songs and instrumental interludes walks, marches, paces and waltzes through another ancient forest: the crowded woods of self-doubt and skyless ruminations of love, lost.

In other words, it’s a cathartic coping mechanism that insists you absolutely can shake it off and find your way through the trees. Talk it out, the saying goes. You’ll feel better. What Sun has done in The Way the Wind Blows is give not just vocabulary, but voice — shifting from hushed to gale-force in turn — to our most wrenching roadblocks to happiness: get over that breakup, get out of your head.

Sing it with her: Nothing can take my heart of gold away.
Yay Blynn (Motor Sales)
Yay Blynn (Motor Sales)
The latest music from songwriters Pete Harper and J. Blynn seemed doomed almost from the beginning. The duo, who had released two albums as Harper Blynn, had been playing in Mosco Rosco until about three years ago. Motor Sales was born shortly thereafter, when they recorded an EP with Shawn Everett, who has produced music by Weezer, Julian Casablancas, the Growlers and Lucius and won a Grammy for engineering Alabama Shakes’ 2015 album. But the recordings were lost in a power surge in New York City right before they were mixed. The first song, “Kick It Off,” is the only one to have survived.

It’s a song that damned near glows in the dark — a rocker in electronic clothing, modern and atmospheric but somehow carrying pieces of Beatles’ DNA, with a finger-snapping beat propelling it toward an indelible falsetto chorus. The duo says it’s representative of a batch of songs encapsulating “the sometimes-dystopic future-present landscape of Los Angeles, and by extension our current personal and societal predicaments. … Imagine taking one of your favorite records to the desert and playing it through a boombox during a swirling Van Gogh meteor shower.”

If the song is weighted by existential dread, it anticipates something better, a breakthrough of some kind. And that’s revealed in the video for the song, directed by Max Knight and starring Matt Russell, who plods through his household routine before finally catching the what’s-next spirit at the end.

What’s next for Motor Sales are more releases in 2018; since their original sessions, the duo have since reconvened with Everett to record a full album.
Dylan Rodrigue
Dylan Rodrigue
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/