Sun Atoms is the debut solo effort from Portland, Oregon’s Jsun Atoms – produced by The Dandy Warhols’ guitar pedal maestro Peter Holmström and mixed by London’s legendary Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths, The Cranberries). With such a pedigree, BSM is honoured to bring you the video premiere of ‘Don’t Take Me to Your Leader’, taken from the forthcoming LP Let There Be Light, scheduled for release 1 October on Little Cloud Records in the USA and The Acid Test Recordings in Europe.
Sun Atoms’ bands (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine) have been tour support for The Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcylce Club, Allah-Las, and Luna. My Bloody Valentine’s Colm Ó Ciosóig and Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval picked Atoms’ music for their Brooklyn Vegan playlist and had his band open for them on tour. The Dandy Warhols’ have had Sun Atoms’ bands as main support in Australia, Canada, and several tours of the States. He has also performed several times at The Black Angels’ Levitation Festival, SXSW, and Joshua Tree’s Desert Stars Festival.
Sun Atoms spent the pandemic year in the studio with long time collaborator Peter Holmström, crafting the songs and sending files back and forth from London, Brooklyn, Austin, and Sacramento. The vision comes from the sun being at what is thought of as the center of our solar system, but the sun, like other stars, is a ball of gas. Atoms’ music has been featured in more than 40 television shows and movies including Sons of Anarchy on FX, Ray Donovan on Showtime, Animal Kingdom on TNT, and True Blood on HBO. Magnet Magazine said of Atoms earlier works, “the shoegazing vortex that sucks you in never lets go.” Sun Atoms curated the most recent Portland PyschFest, bringing together acts from as far away as Sao Paolo, Brazil to support Los Angeles headliners The Warlocks and Dead Meadow. Atoms’ music is currently featured in the award winning arthouse movie “Neolovismo” recently nominated for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Milan International Film Festival. Sun Atoms will be performing Friday, September 24th at Treefort Music Festival along with headliners Built To Spill, Calexcico, Mdou Moctar, and The Shivas.
About the video creator: Casey Jarman is a writer, illustrator and animator based in Portland, Oregon. He has written for The Believer, Willamette Week and Bandcamp, where he pens a column on video game soundtracks. He is also the author of the book Death: An Oral History. He has made music videos for Typhoon, Mo Troper, Máscaras and other artists.