SUN ATOMS has returned with the new kaleidoscopic single The Cat’s Eye. A strung-out, psychedelic wonder, the track finds the alias of Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine) joined by special guest appearances from the singular Alex Maas (The Black Angels) and Jasno Swarez (The Vandelles). Jsun spoke with The Fountain about the track, the inspiration and where next we can see them live.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to The Cat’s Eye?
The response has been one of people really loving and getting the song and appreciating the dark kaleidoscopic animation video that was created in Rome, Italy by the award-winning director Susannah Della Sala. The song was built around an ascending raga in “A” that occasionally reverses course. The gorgeously haunting chorus that Alex (Maas) added took the song to the next level. The Dandy Warhols’ Peter Holmström’s production and bass line grabs you and doesn’t let go throughout the song. Brooklyn’s Jasno Swarez of The Vandelles adds some really strong angelic melodies via vocals and guitar. One thing that’s interesting about this single is that it was the first song we worked on for the album, but it was the last song we finished and mixed.
TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence?
The Cat’s Eye is no new tale, it’s the story of the journey inward and a play on Nobel Peace Prize winner Dag Hammarskjöld’s famous quote; “the longest journey of any person is the journey inward.”
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?
Genius Producer Peter Holmström and I have put together a talented live band including MPC virtuoso June Kang, guitar wiz Derek Spencer Longoria Gomez, expert horn innovator Mars de Ponte on trumpet, saxophone, and clarinet, and St. Louis drummer extraordinaire Bob Mild. Peter’s bass playing is other worldly and the songs have taken on fresh fascinating lives of their own.
TF: When can we next expect a live show from you now that venues and gigs are kicking off again?
We have some amazing shows lined up for this fall. We hope that the world continues to heal and we look forward to presenting our music at first-rate venues, sharing the stage with exemplary acts. Sun Atoms will be appearing at:
Star Theater, Friday, October 22, Portland, Oregon with The Prids & Nate Wey & the Dream Days in Portland, Oregon
Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, Saturday, October 23, with The Prids & Fotoform in Seattle, Washington.
Mississippi Studios, Friday, November 19, with Casey Neill and the Norway Rats & Alia Farah (M. Ward) in Portland, Oregon.