Tropic Of Candycorn
bark145 · DIGITAL · Barsuk Records · July 2014
"I was first introduced to Sunset Valley when I moved to Seattle in 1993. I was dumbfounded at how great they were. They were the ones that got away, an undiscovered treasure of the Pacific Northwest." - Peter Buck, R.E.M.
"In the very early days of Grandaddy I found myself looking for likeminded bands, albums, peers... Sunset Valley was on that short list... I found myself studying their albums, their songs, their sound." - Jason Lytle, Grandaddy
"Herman is a wizard with the tasty jams. I want to capture him like a butterfly and study the secrets of his rocket sauce." - Jack Black
"They were from Portland, which seemed exotic. Aaron Huffman of Harvey Danger played a cassette dub of Jackass Crusher over and over in his car, and we marveled at it so heavy and poppy and weirdly stoned. On the way back from SXSW in 2001, their as-yet-unreleased Barsuk debut, Icepond, was in constant rotation in the van. I was so obsessed with it, I actually called them and asked if I could be in the band. They demurred. It's still my favorite record from that time." - John Roderick, The Long Winters
While the cult status of Sunset Valley has grown over the years, their catalog has sadly been mostly unavailable digitally and generally out-of-print physically for years. Barsuk is excited to release Tropic of Candycorn. This five-volume digital anthology 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 to remedy this crime against indie rock.