Setting Son, The - Self Titled (CD)
Catalog number: AFROCD 034
The Setting Son is, as far as I can tell, the brainchild of a creative recluse by the name of Sebastian T.W. Kristiansen. The 14 songs on this debut were culled from 50+ demos he recorded on his own, at home. Back by a band that includes producer Lorenzo Woodrose (of Baby Woodrose fame), The Setting Son turns out to be an enjoyable exercise in bubblegum garage rock. This is a fun album, a frothy concoction of '60's pop.
Some of these tracks are brief soundscapes rather than full-blown songs, with none running to three minutes and a handful clocking in at half that. That's not to say something like the spacey "You Better Run Away From Me" doesn't have a beginning, an end and a middle; it's more like The Setting Sons' songs (try saying that three times fast) say what they're all about in a minimum of time and get the hell out of Dodge. The tendency towards economy is unusual in this genre and a bonus for people with short attention spans or ADHD. Each of these songs has at least a toe planted in fuzzy rock soil, which should appeal to the rock dogs reading this. The fuzz riffing is more often than not supplanted by prominent keyboard figures and background vocals to build an alluring sound.