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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Kansas-based singer-songwriter was recorded in Texas with producer Brad Cook and completed remotely during the pandemic lockdown.
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  • Record Label: Dead Oceans
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Oct 16, 2020
    This is never going to replace your favourite Kevin Morby album, and it’s unlikely that it will make him new fans, but it feels like the kind of private delight that great artists bestow on their fans for their loyalty from time to time. Sundowner is Morby’s Harvest Moon, his Nebraska, his Hejira – a statement of intent made in the quietest way possible.
  2. Mojo
    Oct 13, 2020
    Even without explicit elegies, there's a sense Morby is permanently watching something sink into the horizon, suspending what's left in beautiful songwriting amber. [Nov 2020, p.80]
  3. Oct 19, 2020
    Sundowner is sharper, more in sync with his previous records. It’s certainly referential, but it’s hardly completely retro.
  4. Oct 13, 2020
    The instrumentation and guitar playing in particular can sometimes feel like a serenade, to encapsulate such place and time easily lends credit to the talent of this songwriter and all of a sudden, you are a sundowner too.
  5. Oct 13, 2020
    Sundowner recalls the more relaxed and reflective moods of Morby's earlier albums.
  6. Oct 20, 2020
    Sundowner bears some resemblance to Morby’s 2016 release Singing Saw. That album excelled in creating a wild and compelling atmosphere because its songs — with their choral support, varied instrumentation, and grittier production — rose to the occasion. On Sundowner, Morby’s storytelling isn’t just the album’s centerpiece – it’s an overcompensation.
  7. 60
    Given the somewhat disjointed making of this record – a journey that stretches from 2017 to mid-lockdown – it lacks the cohesiveness of recent material. The songs origins, however, have come from a completely different place for Morby, one more instinctive and reflective, as he jots down snapshots and musings eloquently into a handy piece of kit. Given that it kickstarted a new exploration in his songwriting, the resulting project is still worth savouring.

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