Sibling trio Pontiak's 2008 Thrill Jockey debut Sun on Sun is back on vinyl after being sold out for over eight years! This 2017 re-issue is pressed on virgin vinyl, freshly cut at TruTone Mastering and includes an accompanying download card. Sun On Sun, their second full-length album overall, was recorded in a log cabin just north of Charlottesville, VA in about four days. The thick wooden walls of the structure reflected a lot of sound that gave the recording a sharp biting quality.
Each string pluck from Van's guitar can be heard soaring above the rich ethereal reverb that coats tracks like "White Mice" and "The Brush Burned Fast." The wilderness surrounding the cabin and the appreciation for it that the brothers share can be heard seeping into every track. From start to finish, Sun on Sun evokes the nature that surrounds the brothers from the rolling meadows, to the dense woods, from the early morning solitude of the rural farmer, to the open and endless night sky. The psychedelic organ flourishes of "Tell Me About" and the bass heavy churn of "Shell Skull" keep the album grounded in the rock tradition, never wandering too far from the epic and at times heavy trail that the brothers are blazing.
Sticking with this tradition, the Carneys honed the songs that make up Sun On Sun while touring and didn't waste much time tinkering in the studio. Most of the tracks were recorded in only a few takes, if not the first and they strived to create an album that flowed like a live performance. "Swell," which was written in the time it took to record it, bleeds into the pounding rhythms and guitar swirl of "White Hands." The title track was a song that had been written long before and road tested but underwent a sudden metamorphosis in the studio, a happy accident if you will, that the brothers have continued to build on since that moment.