Released: 10th January 2012
Label: Hearts & Plugs
Run Dan Run is an indie rock band from Charleston, South Carolina, and this is their new album, Normal. The band released debut album Basic Mechanics way back in 2007, and has released a couple of acoustic EPs since. Normal looks to take the fans back to the sounds introduced on Basic Mechanics, as dark subjects are spoken about over rich, well produced instrumentations.
Normal is a shining display of a band that’s certainly become settled and comfortable with one another and their sound. What we’re given here is songs that progress at their own pace, with ideas performed effortlessly to help balance the eccentricity and normalcy that floats throughout it. Even with the band’s DIY recording technique, all eleven songs sound fantastic. Each layer of sound is captured perfectly and compliment eachother extremely well to produce some pretty psychedelic sounding indie rock music.
Lead single Lovesick Animal is a wonderful listen. With its Cure-like guitar riff and steady pace, the track quickly expands into a thick wall of different elements and becomes one of the catchiest songs on Normal. The slightly breathy vocals fit in well with the out-there and echoy nature of the instrumentations. The chorus is definitely the highlight though, the addition of horns really adds an extra layer of depth and unpredictability to it; it’s glorious. Normal is a great album by Run Dan Run, and will certainly be played throughout the rest of the year. Hear the lead single Lovesick Animal below, and stream and purchase the entire thing here.