The triumphant return of Sun Hotel is imminent. The New Orleans based quartet are getting ready to release their sophomore full length record, Rational Expectations on February 3rd via Community Records, their first new music in two years and first full length since 2010. Things have changed among New Orleans' indie rock community in the five years that passed, thanks in no small part to Sun Hotel and the DIY minded indie rock scene they helped build. Sun Hotel took a patient approach to their new record and the results are impeccable. Rational Expectations finds the band's expanding their dynamic songwriting and fuzzy sense of melody into new directions of sonic experimentation with an ever present pop-centric core.
Stereogum premiered the album's first single, "Tropic Of Cancer (made me drop out of college and start working at this bookstore)," claiming the track "...captures the existential dread that fills that book [of the same name] and all other musings of the condition of the modern artist" and noting "the song does a lot with pauses, teasing out silence to draw out a mood of regret — it’s a soft and unassuming track about comparing yourself with others and constantly feeling like you’re falling short" while diving deeper into the themes of the track.
STREAM SUN HOTEL'S "TROPIC OF CANCER" VIA STEREOGUM: