Rose Windows: The Sun Dogs
(Sub Pop, 6/25/13)
The Sun Dogs, the debut album from Seattle septet Rose Windows, upends any preconceived notions you might have about a band blurring genre lines. What begins as a deep, deft, and dark album with “Spirit Modules,” centered on slow-moving variances of flute, guitar, organ, and other chamber-music essentials, soon explodes into a raucous and riotous affair on “Native Dreams.”
From there on, the album takes turns and occasionally slams on the brakes, shifting with ease between heavy post-rock, indie Americana, and prog folk, as well as bursts of Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music influences. Indeed, Rose Windows is what it sounds like when it all comes together and works.