As we check out the current Philadelphia music scene this week, we revisit astrological rockers The Naked Sun who have recently released their second EP, Pickled Hearts. Drawing influence from science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, The Naked Sun’s four-song debut Space, Place, and Time tackled weighty themes without the burden of a set musical structure. Their sophomore release finds The Naked Sun expanding their sound as evidenced by the seven-minute run time of opener “It Will,” a studied meditation on love and climate change.
And I don’t care if I don’t make it
That’s not the reason we start off
True north, truth north
In any direction at any cost
Playing to their lyrical strength on “P.O.O.R.” and hushed closer “True North,” the quartet of Drew Harris (vocals), Tim Campbell (guitar), Ken Letherer (bass) and Dave Gladney (drums) shrug off the burdens of their past and its thematic trappings and show their musical influences on Pickled Hearts. Drawing from the well of Wilco, Dawes and the Replacements, The Naked Sun conjur up cosmic-country on “Silver Rings” and the shifting love song, “Blue, Green, Blue.” Moving beyond their mid-tempo comfort level, the foursome let loose on “Waitin’ in Line for the Ferris Wheel” and howling album standout “Land of Pure Imagination.”
Finding their feet with the rough diamond of Space, Place, and Time, The Naked Sun have taken a giant step forward with the stunning Pickled Hearts. The band will be playing select dates around Philadelphia in support of the album. Schedule follows.
June 20 — Ventnor First Day Festival
June 21 — Make Music Philly (3 shows)
July 17 — The Fire
July 31 — Kung Fu Necktie (Drew Harris solo show)
Stream/purchase Pickled Hearts below.