Sun Hotel – “Gifts” (EP) (Chinquapin)
Sun Hotel is one of New Orleans’ premiere indie rock groups with Tyler Scurlock and Alex Hertz (guitars), John St. Cyr (bass), Devin Hildebrand (drums), and Ross Farbe (keyboards – also of Native America).
Sun Hotel’s 2010 album Coast was, in our opinion, one of the top Southeast albums of that year. Sun Hotel’s unique sound and excellent songwriting made it a standout.
Gifts was recorded in their home studio and produced by Farbe. And it is impressive the sweeping sounds they were able to get out of a home studio. Although the production and songwriting may be hard to compare to Coast as a full album, it is well worth a listen, and helps maintain Sun Hotel as one of the most promising bands in New Orleans and the Southeast. Listen to “Alchemy” for a sense of this.