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Sun Songs

Art Alexakis

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Art Alexakis spent the better part of two decades threatening to break away from Everclear so he could make a solo album, so when he finally delivered the solo Sun Songs in 2019, it came as something of a surprise. By that point, Everclear was firmly established as his band, but Sun Songs makes it plain that there is a difference between a band album and an Alexakis solo album. Largely consisting of songs anchored with acoustics -- not to mention tunes playing with themes of sunshine and Western states -- Sun Songs has its share of raucous moments and often dodges introspection, but it does feel scaled down and relatively intimate; it's music made for small rooms, not sheds. Many of Alexakis' signatures are in place, including his sardonic sense of humor, hard-bitten empathy, shambolic rhythms, allusions to old-school SoCal punk, and heavy-handed hooks, but the tone is bittersweet. The album is the sound of a middle-aged rocker taking stock of his life, but Sun Songs isn't reflexively nostalgic. Alexakis flirts with a couple of sounds lying outside of the realms of rock, runs his voice through electronic distortion, and generally seems intent on not recycling his old ideas. His good intentions can sometimes be a little gangly, yet they help Sun Songs feel alive and, more importantly, distinct from an Everclear record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1
Sunshine Love Song 00:01:50

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

2
California Blood 00:03:18

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

3
House With A Pool 00:04:01

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

4
Orange 00:03:33

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

5
The Hot Water Test 00:04:11

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

6
Arizona Star 00:02:58

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

7
Look At Us Now 00:02:12

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

8
White People Scare Me 00:03:00

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

9
Sing Away 00:04:10

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

10
Line In The Sand 00:04:21

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

11
A Seat At The Table 00:03:29

Art Alexakis, Composer, MainArtist - Brad Blackwood, Engineer - Stuart Schenk, Producer, Engineer

2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC 2019 Art Alexakis under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Album Description

Art Alexakis spent the better part of two decades threatening to break away from Everclear so he could make a solo album, so when he finally delivered the solo Sun Songs in 2019, it came as something of a surprise. By that point, Everclear was firmly established as his band, but Sun Songs makes it plain that there is a difference between a band album and an Alexakis solo album. Largely consisting of songs anchored with acoustics -- not to mention tunes playing with themes of sunshine and Western states -- Sun Songs has its share of raucous moments and often dodges introspection, but it does feel scaled down and relatively intimate; it's music made for small rooms, not sheds. Many of Alexakis' signatures are in place, including his sardonic sense of humor, hard-bitten empathy, shambolic rhythms, allusions to old-school SoCal punk, and heavy-handed hooks, but the tone is bittersweet. The album is the sound of a middle-aged rocker taking stock of his life, but Sun Songs isn't reflexively nostalgic. Alexakis flirts with a couple of sounds lying outside of the realms of rock, runs his voice through electronic distortion, and generally seems intent on not recycling his old ideas. His good intentions can sometimes be a little gangly, yet they help Sun Songs feel alive and, more importantly, distinct from an Everclear record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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