Rose Windows

The Sun Dogs

Sub Pop

Jun 28, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX Bookmark and Share

Seattle septet Rose Windows is a throwback in the most exciting way. It's not exactly prog, but with guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, and flute, the songs on the band's debut echo groups like King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis in the most successful and invigorating way. Revolving around the songwriting of frontman Chris Cheveyo and the enchanting vocals of Rabia Shaheen Qazi, the songs on The Sun Dogs snake their way around melodies and themes, encapsulated in tracks that often easily stretch to six or seven minutes or more. "Native Dreams" starts with a Black Sabbath-esque riff, then moves into winding guitar, and is capped with mystical lyrics sung in wonderfully belted voice. "Heavenly Days" swirls in a foggy haze on chiming guitars, flute, piano, and beatific male-female vocal harmonizing. "Season of Serpents" is pure acoustic '70s folk, and the almost 10 minute "This Shroud" plays on an Eastern vibe, like much of the record, and finally explodes in electric minor-key blues stomp, accompanied by flute, at the song's end. Listening to The Sun Dogs, it seems almost impossible that the album came out in 2013 and not 40 years ago. And this is a very good thing. (

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