released February 3. 2015
10 track album
running time 38:52
Mailorder pure white vinyl HERE
First pressing of 500 pure white vinyl.
1. All I Want to Finish is My Beer
2. She’s Gonna Take a Picture Too
3. 11:57 AM
4. After Peggy Tells Her Parents They Never Had Any Trouble in Their Relationship
6. Tropic of Cancer (Made Me Drop Out of College and Start Working at This Bookstore)
7. After – Death
9. Without Feathers
Sun Hotel – album release & farewell performance
w/ all people, pope, and trampoline team
sat. jan. 31 at one eyed jacks
(krewe du vieux night) link HERE
Suddenly and surprisingly devoid of pathos, Rational Expectations is perceptive of its finality but comforting in its triumph.
Here’s what Stereogum had to say about the first single: (Tropic of Cancer (Made Me Drop Out of College and Start Working at This Bookstore)
Taking its name from the Henry Miller novel that focuses on a starving writer in the early 20th century, Sun Hotel’s “Tropic Of Cancer” acutely captures the existential dread that fills that book and all other musings of the condition of the modern artist. “It’s so much better to hate yourself than to love somebody else for no reason,” Tyler Scurlock sings reluctantly, later flipping the same mantra on its head in the second half of the song: “It’s so much easier to love yourself than to hate somebody else for no reason…” The song does a lot with pauses, teasing out silence to draw out a mood of regret — it’s a soft and unassuming track about comparing yourself with others and constantly feeling like you’re falling short. Collegiate concerns like failing classes fall by the wayside for more pressing matters — the song’s title has a parenthetical attached to it: “Tropic Of Cancer (made me drop out of college and start working at this bookstore)” — and the track addresses the creatively constraining environment that college can so often be, but the frustration of feeling that you have to get through it because that’s what society’s hard-wired you to do. When you step out of that path to follow a possibly romanticized dream of being an artist, where will that take you? The New Orleans band doesn’t have the answer to that, but they try their best to figure it all out on their forthcoming new album Rational Expectations. Listen below.
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