In the fall of 2007, four Montreal musicians travelled together to a small fishing village of less than 700 people in Northhamptonshire, U.K. Inspired by their surroundings and experiences, they began to write music and, a little over a year later, Sunfields was born. This past spring, their debut album, Palace in the Sun, was completed in the band’s home studio in Hudson, Quebec, and was released on August 17 through their brand new label, Field Recordings.
Consisting of Jason Kent (The Dears, Spoon River, Soft Canyon), Christopher Wise (Elephant Stone, J.F. Robitaille), Philip Burns (Tricky Woo, Soft Canyon), and Chris Roberts (Closet Musician), Sunfields brings the voices of the Prairies, still waters, and sunset skies to life. Palace in the Sun is full of painted pictures as clanky old pianos, trembling organs, and distorted guitars dotted with wistful horns and harmonics colour songs like, Back Again, Hush, Palace, and City.
Although the album does sometimes become monochromatic and sleepy, Palace in the Sun epitomizes rock serenity. If you like Badly Drawn Boy, The Flaming Lips, and Neil Young, I would definitely recommend this record – enjoy!
Score: 7 / 10