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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Brooklyn free jazz/experimental rock band features a cover of Alice Coltrane's "Ptah, the El Daoud."
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  1. Mojo
    Mar 21, 2019
    80
    There are some serious jazz chops visible amid the instrumental chaos; a devotional intensity that earmarks them as psychedelic idealists rather than nihilistic noise-punks. [May 2019, p.91]
  2. Mar 21, 2019
    80
    Illegal Moves is another strong chapter of Sunwatchers' unique voice and probably their most clear-minded presentation of their collective powers to date.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 21, 2019
    80
    An electrifying collision of cosmic jazz and squalling psychedelic rock, all tumbling grooves and frenzied collective euphoria. [May 2019, p.34]
  4. Mar 21, 2019
    77
    Illegal Moves is just as powerful a statement about the urgency of the times and the reactions we should all be having, because being entertained doesn’t have to mean being disengaged. That Sunwatchers make their calls to arms sound so fun doesn’t diminish that power--in fact, it just might be the most important part.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Apr 4, 2019
    70
    Sunwatchers' third album takes no prisoners with squealing opener New Dad Blues,. [May 2019, p.87]