Encompassing a concoction of components comparable to Foster The People, Bombay Bicycle Club and closer to home, Grassy Spark, Cape Town-based band Well Done Sun have released a collection so simultaneously psychedelic, funky and tranquil that’ll it’ll make any listener question where the band’s primary direction lies. Having been established in Port Elizabeth initially in 2012, Keegan Watkins, Hanno van den Berg and Brett Atkinson in cooperation with Cape Town’s Popsicle Studios’ Sasha Righini (The Plastics) and Raiven Hansmann deliver their debut album “We Have Time”.
The 3 selected tracks that make up the band’s EP, released just one month earlier, seem to serve as an effective and diverse prequel to the band’s full length. The divergence of the short collection showcases the band’s multiple influences and focal areas, and due to the varied timbre and method within both EP and LP, the albums yields an entranced, fulfilled experience for the listener – no matter what they’re looking for.
From the clean, smooth jazz-esque guitar lines accompanied by funky Red Hot Chilli Pepper-esque riffs and tastefully tantalizing bass lines in opening track ‘We Have Time’ and idyllic ‘Tragic Romantic’ to the tranquil, staccato synth and ethereal vocal ambience in ‘God Made The Country Man Made The Town’ and carefully-orchestrated drum patterns amongst Mel Mwevi’s alluring backup vocals in ‘Typical Type’, Well Done Sun certainly deserve a ‘well done’ themselves.
‘Creatures of Contrast’, ‘The Sun Part I’ and ‘All I Ever Wanted’ all encompass smooth, sensual guitar lines amid an andante-paced tempo and a, dare I use this adjective, groovy, sophisticated and rhythmic motif. In contrast, the album also showcases Pink Floyd-esque ethereal progressions in ‘Sentimental Sentinel’ and ‘Six Eight’ and fast paced ‘As The Crow Flies’ which resembles a quintessential 2010 Foals caliber, not to mention the reggae-esque timbre in ‘Delayed Gratification’ and driving bass line in ‘Florence’. Closer ‘The Sun Part II’ convoys the unbelievable amount of diversity and accompanying sense of continuity, utilising slow-paced acoustics and flanger-induced, psychedelic lines. In doing so, the album comes full circle.
What’s particularly noticeable is the amount of effort put into the materialization of this album, something many local acts often lack. Not to say that an insufficient amount is devoted, but within too little time, obviously for a number of reasons, rational and absurd. An entirely separate and lengthy discussion can be held on this topic, but Well Done Sun’s apparent restraint is refreshing and relieving to say the least, not to mention the satisfying quality of music created as a result of.
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Listen to “We Have Time” below on Deezer.