Sun June / Bad Dream Jaguar
Album: Bad Dream Jaguar   Collection:General
Artist:Sun June   Added:Nov 2023
Label:Run For Cover  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2023-12-10 Pull Date: 2024-02-11
Week Ending: Feb 11 Feb 4 Jan 28 Jan 21 Jan 7 Dec 31 Dec 24 Dec 17
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 16, 2024: Music Casserole
4. Mar 11, 2024: Comes to Mind
Moon Ahead
2. Mar 13, 2024: GORP
Mixed Bag
5. Mar 04, 2024: Comes to Mind
Washington Square
3. Mar 12, 2024: Comes to Mind
16 Riders, Easy Violence
6. Mar 02, 2024: Music Casserole
Moon Ahead

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2023-11-21
“Bad Dream Jaguar” Sun June
Sun June is an Austin-based indie pop band. Led by singer and multi-instrumentalist, Laura Colwell, who collaborates on the songwriting with guitarist and vocalist, Stephen Salisbury, this is Sun June’s 3rd album. The collection leans toward dream pop — or as the band calls it, ‘regret pop’ — in part due to the separation created when Salisbury moved to North Carolina for grad school. (Colwell has since joined him there…the rest of the band remains in Austin.) A hint of Texas country slips in at times, but otherwise, the songs subtly integrate synths and guitars in the layered arrangements — with a nice mix of tempos, stylings, and hi-fi and lo-fi. The lyrics largely try to come to grips with loneliness and longing, hope and despair, accepting today and looking to the future.
— Francis

Recommended: 3, 7, 6, 10, 4, 1, 8. No FCCs detected.

1. (3:20) Eager — Ethereal opening. Wistful, airy vocals over an atmospheric synth landscape. Eventually adds some Phil Collins-like percussion. ***
2. (3:05) 16 Riders — An easy, chill stroll. Reminiscent of some of the band’s earlier work. Longing vocals in a slow burn.
3. (3:20) Mixed Bag — Hopeful, uplifting catchy dream pop. A single. Synth strings, chime-y keys and drums. Throaty guitar in the lead breaks. ****
4. (4:18) Moon Ahead — Strummy guitar interwoven with piano. Introspective lyrics. Colwell says it’s about thinking what her parents might have been like at her age. A little jazzy sax in the second lead break. ***
5. (4:12) Ambitions — Slow, meandering and sad. Vocals mostly within the same few notes. Shimmering backdrop. A few synth ‘squiggles’ from time to time.
6. (2:22) Easy Violence — Kind of a low-key strut, built on synth, acoustic guitar and drum machine rhythm. ****
7. (2:54) John Prine — Pensive piano ballad. Whisper soft vocals. Rich orchestration. No drums. Lovely. ****
8. (4:43) Sage — Deliberate, almost march-like pace. Longing vocals. Dark, melancholic and cinematic with the backing vocals. A hint of pedal steel guitar with some brass in the background near the end. **
9. (3:25) Washington Square — Lilting and shimmery dream pop looking back on a visit with a friend in NYC. Picks up a bit in the middle.
10. (3:23) Get Enough — Laid-back ‘anthem.’ Not arena-ready, by any means. But there’s a confidence and certainty as Colwell reflects on how one can be lonely even while being in love. ***
11. (3:56) Texas — Another down-tempo, hazy ‘regret pop’ ode. Discordant vocals. Dense musical layers.
12. (2:48) Lightning — Thoughtful closer. Quietly exploring the feelings of people learning to let go or pass like headlights in the night.

Track Listing
1. Eager   7. John Prine
2. 16 Riders   8. Sage
3. Mixed Bag   9. Washington Square
4. Moon Ahead   10. Get Enough
5. Ambitions   11. Texas
6. Easy Violence   12. Lightning