What do you get when you combine two talented musicians that just happen to have two self described terrible voices? One epic journey of instrumental hits just waiting for a road trip to sign along with or the right adventure movie looking for a theme song. The Canadian duo of Eric Hutton and Billy Haner known as Landing on the Sun have played together off and on for decades, which you hear in the layers of each of these unique rock instrumentals.
You may think that the tracks without lyrics on their self-titled album Landing on the Sun may tend to blend together but each song has its own clear theme and it is very easy to just close your eyes and imagine the music playing along with a great movie car chase or a scene in a smoky night club. I was impressed with the variety this duo was able to create without ever relying on lyrics or a catchy chorus. Each song stood alone to take you on a unique journey that you are able to fill in the details. Just when you think you have figured out their style or feel of the album, they throw in something completely different in a playful way to keep you interested in hearing the next song.
“Proton” kicks off the album with a solid adventure vibe that you can almost see a car chase opening the next gritty blockbuster over the track. The music is solid, earthy and just pure rock. This is a summer anthem waiting to happen. Switching gears quickly, “Black Knight Satellite” takes on a much keyboard heavy electronic sound with visions of a smokey bar or futuristic scene easy to conjure up.
As I listened to the album I enjoyed the twists of songs like “Robots Fighting” and “Pangolin” that threw something different at the listener. Both of these songs ventured away from the adventure deep classic rock feel to more of an updated almost spy like vibe. These songs were sexier and screamed to play behind the introduction of the next big screen spy super villain.
Each of the 13 songs on the album give the listeners something slightly different and I look forward to recognizing one of these on the big screen very soon. I suspect at least one will find the perfect scene or set of raspy vocals to become a part of an adventure or spy movie. For now the tunes lend themselves to becoming the background to one final summer road trip where the listener throws caution to the wind and writes their own anthem.
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