Sundayrunners

Sundayrunners

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Steered by Randy Diderrich, the Chicago quintet Sundayrunners offer a fantastic song cycle on their eponymous debut. Influences like Radiohead, Doves, and the Pixies are felt in both the upbeat opener, "Elected," and the quirky, experimental pop song "Memories Left at Sea," but if Sundayrunners draw inspiration from said greats, they still boast a uniqueness that keeps them from sounding derivative. As the disc plays out, the material holds up, from the pensive "1993" to the distorted, fractured magic of "Evolver." If the drama that propels "Floor Toms Fall Away" -- which recalls several tracks on David Bowie's classic Hunky Dory -- seems a little overblown at first, it quickly reveals itself to be an ideal forum for keyboardist Aaron Grant to display his talent. It also serves as Diderrich's finest vocal performance yet.

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