Pontiak, Sun On Sun

Matthew Fritch

By Matthew Fritch

on 09.28.11 in Reviews

Sun on Sun

A foray into spooky psychedelia

Thrill Jockey’s foray into spooky psychedelia couldn’t ask for better spirit guides than these three brothers from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jennings, Van and Lain Carney recorded Sun On Sun in a log cabin, and from the sound of it, Jim Morrison is alive and well inside the Black Lodge, and the Bookhouse Boys just haven’t got a clue. When Pontiak isn’t evoking the Misfits in a K hole (“Shell Skull”) or filling a track with ghost-ship sounds (“Swell”), they’re doing an excellent job of resurrecting the Doors, burning any dashikis that may still be clinging to the skeletons, and making them walk the Earth as a sinister stoner-rock outfit adept at both blacklight riffing and country death songs.