By Cole Young
Sonny and the Sunsets – Hairdressers from Heaven
Rocks In Your Head
Hairdressers From Heaven is the kind of album you need to listen to really loud several times to truly appreciate it. The first few times it comes across as not much more than a simple indie album that pairs well with household chores, but dig a little deeper and you’ll hear that band leader Sonny Smith and his Sunsets are the ones cleaning up.
Produced by James Mercer and Yuuki Matthews of the Shins, the album is driven by catchy basslines met with complex yet simple-sounding drum beats right from the opening track onwards. Smith’s lyrics are sharp and witty but often recede into the background, leaving space for the guitar and keys to really shine.
After an album full of classic indie rock, “Man Without A Past” breaks the wave. It’s a cumbia-esque, instrumental, horn filled jam that fills the soul. Album closer “Drug Lake” brings Hairdressers From Heaven full circle, overdosing your senses with the band’s signature pop that has always made Sonny and the Sunsets a cut above the rest.