J.E. Sunde

Fri. Nov 8, 2019 at 9:00pm CST
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52 days away
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With an unassuming bard of talents, American singer-songwriter J.E. Sunde's songs ring in dulcet tones; compositions full of unusual intricacies and subtle details. As much indie folk as soul, Sunde embraces his influences, from Nina Simone to Leonard Cohen. 


Sunde’s debut album “Shapes that Kiss the Lips of God” was an exercise in layers of sound – built up and presented like a spinning fan seen through a kaleidoscope. The sophomore album, “Now I Feel Adored”, is an exercise in careful subtraction. Sunde strips away the slowed blades and peers through a clearer, but darker lens.


The detailed weavings of melody found on previous recordings by the Minneapolis-based songwriter, formerly of The Daredevil Christopher Wright, are present as always in the light strums of his guitar, piano (electric and acoustic), occasional strings, synths and percussion. 


Permeated by a production quality that rides the line between Hi Fi and ‘70s AM radio, there is softness found between the layers of Sunde’s imaginative textures and orchestration.




With their latest album 'Soul for Sale', SIRES has quite the fresh collection of diverse music. It is a refreshing reminder that rock n’ roll can be both brash and heartbreakingly seductive.

The record is a bit of an anomaly in these modern times. Sires’ soulful croon is deeply rooted in the pre-70s American songbook, while still somehow managing to blend modern Indie Rock in with the music feeling very direct and immediate. “When we set out to make this album we wanted to make something that was classic, that had a timeless quality, but still felt like a modern record."

SIRES may show their appreciation for bygone eras on 'Soul for Sale', but this band is definitely writing songs for this very moment.

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The Mill 120 East Burlington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240