Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer.
The fourth effort from San Francisco-based trio Eux Autres (loosely translated as Them Others and pronounced ooz-oh-tra), Sun Is Sunk veers from sparse indie rock to melodic pop. The EP’s six songs find siblings, keyboardist Heather and guitarist Nicholas Larimer, taking turns singing lead and combining for some haunting harmony vocals, while drummer Yoshi Nakamoto provides a steady beat. As songwriters, Eux Autres use minimalist and often poetic lyrics to depict emotional situations.
“Home Tonight” juxtaposes a fetching arrangement with the tale of a woman deciding to flee a stagnant relationship. “I confess that I hate/nothing quite so much as an empty state,” Heather Larimer sings. “And I’m running out of time to run along/I’m not coming home tonight.” On the childlike “Down Your Street,” she recalls a summer night of playing outside, while on the mid-tempo “Right Again” she’s obsessed with revenge toward an ex-lover. The lyrics are more cryptic on “Broken Record” and “Ring Out,” which feature Nicholas Larimer on lead vocals, but they’re energetic and compelling songs nonetheless