On “Sunburn!”, breathy vocals blend with jangly guitar for a dreamy rock track by Portland band Lubec. Off their forthcoming album The Thrall, “Sunburn!” blazes through the thick, fuzzy clouds of the Pacific Northwest with a driving, melodic tune. Guitar lines meander over layers of boy/girl vocals that bring 90s shoegaze into a 2014 basement context—as Lubec describes it “Basement Philharmonix”. From the onset, its build up comes in at such a natural pace you can almost overlook it. The layered vocals and blurry chords disorient you with a woozy wall of sound, radiating uplift like the auditory form of crepuscular rays.
Midway through “Sunburn!”, Lubec grounds the bliss in a passionate, chugging breakdown that opens into a fury, like the tingle of scorched skin suddenly unveiling its pain to you as after a long day summer day outside.