(2019) Hairdressers From Heaven

Sonny & The Sunsets

... read moreThe first release from Sonny Smith's label Rocks in Your Head Records, Hairdressers from Heaven sees the return of Sonny & the Sunsets following two solo releases from the bandleader (2016's Sees All Knows All and 2018's Rod for Your Love). After a diversion into synthier '80s inspirations on the...

27′:01″ 9 Songs

1
A Bigger Picture
Sonny & The Sunsets
3:12
2
Ghost Days
Sonny & The Sunsets
2:56
3
Another Life, Another Body
Sonny & The Sunsets
2:29
4
Searchin'
Sonny & The Sunsets
2:17
5
Someday I'd Like To Be An Artist
Sonny & The Sunsets
2:31
6
Hairdressers From Heaven
Sonny & The Sunsets
2:06
7
Take A Hard Look Down The Long Corridor
Sonny & The Sunsets
3:22
8
The Man Without A Past
Sonny & The Sunsets
2:47
9
Drug Lake
Sonny & The Sunsets
5:21
Released 05 April 2019, ℗ Rocks In Your Head

Review

The first release from Sonny Smith's label Rocks in Your Head Records, Hairdressers from Heaven sees the return of Sonny & the Sunsets following two solo releases from the bandleader (2016's Sees All Knows All and 2018's Rod for Your Love). After a diversion into synthier '80s inspirations on the Merrill Garbus-produced Moods Baby Moods (2016), it re-embraces the eclectic retro rock-, country-, and proto-punk-inspired guitar pop that the Sunsets are best known for. Hairdressers from Heaven was co-produced by another indie heavyweight in the Shins' James Mercer, alongside Shins bandmate Yuuki Matthews, both of whom also play on the album. Thankfully, they retain the group's unrefined, freewheeling spirit while also contributing warm vocal harmonies to several tracks. One of those tracks is the hooky yet bittersweet "Searchin" ("always searchin'…for something"), an under-three-minute gem that plays like a low-key Marshall Crenshaw. The album's centerpiece, however, is "Someday I'd Like to Be an Artist," which channels a teenaged Smith. A stripped-back ballad built around piano and bass, with violin, woodwinds, spoken-word samples, handclaps, and homespun vocal harmonies, its lyrics include the ultra-quotable "Someday I'd like to be an artist and give myself away." Other selections range from the country-rock tune "Take a Hard Look Down the Long Corridor," to the punky "Drug Lake" and oddball instrumental "A Man Without a Past," which incorporates Arabic and AM pop inspirations. Consistently catchy, self-depreciating, and gratifyingly wry, Hairdressers from Heaven is another reliably worthwhile set from the indie stalwart and a solid launch for the label. ~ Marcy Donelson