Sungod, “Shiftless En Nkawkaw”

Jake Saunders

Whatever forms or concepts that the Austin-based Sungod is exploring in its music, it’s bigger than me and probably bigger than you too. Composed primarily of Michael Sharp and Braden Balentine, who record out of their home studio in Austin, the band features a rotating cast of artists and musicians operating in the Austin underground music scene.

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What can maybe only be described as galactic-rock, Sungod’s sound explores multiple dimensions without any regard for typical structure, characterized by psychedelic landscapes of electronics and acoustics which combine to form a physically vast and seemingly infinite dark hole of musical expression. The sound has been compared to 1970’s krautrock, and I like to think I hear a little bit of Jethro Tull in the mix as well, but no matter how many earthly comparisons we want to make, Sungod will still be of another world. This is a band that has truly captured what it means to be psychedelic.

The self titled debut is out on November 11th via Holodeck Records.

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