La Cerca: Sunrise for Everyone
La Cerca — Sunrise for Everyone
Release Date: July 29
Our Rating: 4/5
Spec Recs: “Sunrise for Everyone,” “The First One,” “Mountain Villager”
In One Word: Enlightened
*The folks at Fort Lowell Records sent us a vinyl copy of Sunrise for Everyone for review. You, too, can send us physical copies of your music: The Spec / P.O. Box 465, Phoenix, AZ 85001
Listen to Sunrise for Everyone on vinyl (if you can). Stare at the thick black letters on the record jacket that say La Cerca and remember that name. Once you have committed it to memory, let your eyes drift to the right and read the title, Sunrise for Everyone. Wonder what the title means to the artists and why they chose it. Don’t lose sight of that wonderment.
The only color on the front of the jacket comes from a photo of flowers in inverted colors. When you flip the jacket over, you’ll see what looks to be the capture of a cactus, also edited in inverted colors. Read the track list. Side A: “Arizon,” “Climate Control,” “Sunrise for Everyone,” “The First One“; Side B: “Sorry Xo,” “Weather Festival,” “Mountain Villager.”
Pull the black vinyl from its sleeve; examine it. Notice the inscription and tilt the record to read what has been etched there, “In memory of Ernesto.” Put the vinyl on the turntable and do your part by just listening.
The first time you hear the release from start to finish, you’ll probably enjoy it. I did. You’ll want to draw comparisons to other artists you know and like — maybe Guided by Voices or Wilco, maybe indie rock from decades past, maybe pop music that offers more to chew on than 21st-century bubblegum pop.
When you listen again, you will hear more. Early comparisons will be dismissed. You will explore the lyrical content and find yourself surrounded in nature, a topic that is never strays from the tracks. The lyrics seemingly about the sun, trees, rivers, flowers and weather might reveal underlying themes of mortality, regret, loss of someone or something, and even optimism.
Three years the band spent recording this release at Waterworks West in Tucson, Ariz.. Time that did not pass by in vain, as evident by the clean and complete production of the release (good job, Jim Waters and Andrew Gardner). The album warms up to you with each listen, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. It has a nostalgic charm. I struggle to articulate the ins and outs of this record without directing the listener to the six-minute end to the album closer, “Mountain Villager” — a farewell that summarizes the beginning and middle, an adieu that you wish were a hello. “Eyes open to you / all eyes on you,” sings Gardner before finally letting the listener go.
La Cerca’s Sunrise for Everyone has its mellow moments and upbeat turns, but it is certain — rock and pop that you will want to play on repeat. Gardner’s work as a songwriter is powerful, the instruments are expressive and hearing the songs are a reminder of something that you can’t quite put your finger on but find comfort in still.