Sunset Valley


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Tropic Of Candycorn

VIDEOS:Smallest Man

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Goldbank 78 Stack


You could be forgiven if you've never heard of Sunset Valley. But if you haven't, you certainly weren't paying attention to underground rock in the Pacific Northwest in the late '90s. Back then, Sunset Valley was regularly blowing minds and dropping jaws all along the west coast and was supposed to be the "next big thing" out of Portland, destined for greatness.

Formed in Portland, Oregon in September of 1996; originally a trio comprising frontman Herman Jolly, guitarist/drummer Jonathan Drews and bassist Eric Furlong, the group later expanded to a five-piece with the additions of keyboardist Jeff Saltzman and ex-Heatmiser drummer Tony Lash. They wrote infectious, crazy pop ditties, where the songs' ability to get stuck in your head was only the surface of their power. Ethereal and psychedelic, Sunset Valley's sonic palette — keyboard washes, guitar jangle, and vocals that both sneer and recall the best of the lo-fi indie rock onslaught — keeps the music buoyant above the receding floor of reality.

Sunset Valley releases career retrospective 01 Jul 2014

Sunset Valley is excited to release Tropic of Candycorn, a five volume low-priced career retrospective, today via Barsuk. In celebration of the release, the band premiered a video for the previously unreleased track "Smallest Man" at the Portland alternative weekly Willamette Week this morning, and will be playing Portland's Bunk Bar tomorrow, July 2nd.

While the cult status of Sunset Valley has grown over the years, the band's catalog has sadly been mostly unavailable digitally and generally out-of-print physically for years. To remedy this crime against indie rock, Barsuk is proud to release Tropic of Candycorn, a five-volume digital anthology (available for the insanely low price of $14.99) that includes the band's entire catalog — The New Speed (1997), Boyscout Superhero (1998), Icepond (2001) and Goldbank 78 Stack (2003) — as well as a volume of unreleased tracks, various singles and compilation tracks.