Sun Atoms is the alias of Portland, Oregon artist and producer Jsun Atoms. As a member of bands Upsidedown and Daydream Machine, the musician has supported the likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Allah-Las, Luna and more. You may have also heard his music in TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, Ray Donovan and True Blood. The shoegaze song is the second single to come out of Sun Atoms’ upcoming full-length LP Let There Be Light.
Recently Sun Atoms released a dark and groovy kaleidoscopic track called ‘The Cat’s Eye’ featuring Alex Maas of The Black Angels and Jasno Swarez of The Vandelles. The trippy number is slow-paced and mesmerising. Starting off with a rich pulsing bassline, bumping, unremitting drums soon enter the fore, joined by psychedelic trinkets and spangles of sound. Sun Atoms’ voice is an edgy rumble rolling into the track. He sings each line as whispering gusts of breath, “Just hush your mind, inside you now, come to a place, let your body go.” A second, higher vocal soon accompanies his dark mutterings. The song edges on, deeper into the groovy darkness.
Inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’, ‘The Cat’s Eye’ is strung out, ebbing and flowing in the melodic ether. The lyrics, which drip in and out of existence effortlessly, infer a person sinking deeper into their own state of mind, and the song certainly lures you into an altered state of consciousness. A hypnotic, cultish, rhythmic dream.