It’s a bit like squinting at the past with one eye and the future with the other. Without knowing what you are listening to here, Sun’s Signature sketches a melancholic framework with lots of synth and guitar in which the sun rises. But if you listen to it for a little bit longer, this debut is even more exciting than expected. Ex-Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser and her partner and drummer Damon Reece really hit it off musically in 2022, churning out the five tracks on »Sun’s Signature«. What started out shrouded in dreams and promising in the first attempt has six remixes added to it on the extended version. On it, Fraser’s voice swings back and forth, stretched out and chopped up, as if it were another six songs. Whether the two of them are setting out to do something completely new with »Sun’s Signature« remains to be seen. What is certain is that the Massive Attacks and Goldfrapps of our time will be shaken out of their slumber and delighted with the result so far. And that’s not a bad thing! On the contrary, those who have followed Reece and Fraser’s other projects will not be disappointed and those who have missed out on the Portishead generation will be surprised: it’s a forgotten record that never existed.
Benjamin Gibbard & Andrew Kenny