words by tom johnson
Though I’ve tried a few times, there’s an intangible magic to the work of Sun June that makes it incredibly difficult to capture in words. Like a drifting sense of longing found buried in the heat of summer, Laura Colwell’s voice has the ability to not only glow but linger; a fleeting memory half-remembered, a dream you can’t pinpoint, always slightly out-of-step with the world.
2018’s Years LP remains a genuine classic of recent years, a tender country-pop record that resonates just as wholeheartedly to this day. That album was followed up with a new EP, Younger, released once again by the excellent Keeled Scales label earlier this year.
And it’s from said EP that Sun June’s brand new video is lifted from, with the striking visuals for “Monster Moon” released here on GFP today. As captivating as the song itself, the video was directed by Laura Colwell herself alongside Stephen Salisbury and makes for an alluring, magnetising three-minutes. Here’s what they had to say about it:
Monster Moon is all about being a bad person. It’s about realizing you treated someone poorly because you thought you could get away with it. The video takes that idea to the extreme and follows someone trying to get away with murder. It moves from foggy pine groves to city dance floors, and focuses on the exhilaration of the moment and not the coming guilt. By the end, as “I’m a monster” repeats, light fades on and off faces in the dark. They’re either victims or fellow monsters, haunting you either way.
We shot in Austin and at Bastrop State Park, where damage from a forest fire is still present. Sadly, we felt it was a nice way to illustrate how the past stays with you. Just to be clear, we’ve never murdered anyone.
Released today, ahead of a huge run of shows alongside Fruit Bats, firstly, and then the inimitable Lucy Dacus and Liza Anne, Monster Moon is a timely reminder of a very special band making very special music. Check out the video and tour dates below, and find out more about the band right here.
09.17 Lubbock, TX @ Studio C
09.18 Albuquerque, NM @ Tractor Brewery
with Fruit Bats:
09.20 Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
09.21 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
09.22 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
09.23 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
*09.24 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews (*no Fruit Bats)
09.25 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
09.26 Oklahoma City, OK @ Pony Boy
09.27 Houston, TX @ Satellite Lounge
09.28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
09.29 Austin, TX @ 3Ten
with Lucy Dacus & Liza Anne:
10.09 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
10.10 Chicago, IL @ Park West
10.11 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
10.12 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10.14 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
10.16 Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto
10.17 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
10.18 Boise, ID @ The Olympic
10.19 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
10.21 Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
10.22 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10.23 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
10.25 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
10.26 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
10.28 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
10.29 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11.01 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11.04 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
11.05 Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
11.06 Grand Rapids, MI @ Covenant Fine Arts Center / Calvin College
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