“Tumulus” by Sunwatchers

"Tumulus" by Sunwatchers is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
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NYC quartet Sunwatchers shared another single today called “Tumulus,” from their forthcoming album Music Is Victory Over Time out Nov 10th. The song was formed from a germ of an idea that bassist Peter Kerlin brought to the band – Kerlin says:

“I’m interested in tunes that have an active stillness to them and I was hoping to make something that would act as a breather from the forward motion that defines a lot of the material we’d been writing as a group. Something that would be full of information and activity, yet restful in a dense minimalist way. Sunwatchers had never written a heavy halftime jam. I wanted to see if I could get people into a slow head-bang zone with each Sunwatcher playing in their own rhythmic space, Jason holding down this stomp. But it didn’t have a real identity until Jeff wrote that ominous theme that he plays in unison with Jim. Jeff got to utilize Dwyer’s Eddie Harris style Veritone electric amplified tenor on the record which gives it a ghostly sort of tone. When Jeff and I were working on overdubs a month later he was like “Ah I get it! It’s like if the Arkestra was a rock band!”. Not sure if anyone else will hear that, but I dig it.”

Pre-order Music is Victory Over Time HERE.


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