Ex-Sunny Day Real Estate crooner Jeremy Enigk has been creating stately solo music since Return Of The Frog Queen. When it came out in 1996, I remember all the stories about his conversion to Christianity, how it broke up SDRE (pre-comeback), etc. That in mind, I approached the collection with trepidation and lame preconceptions — this was before Sufjan, et al had softened us to these sorts of things — and was pleasantly surprised at its beauty, that it wasn’t preachy. “Mind Idea” is from Enigk’s fifth solo collection OK Bear. I haven’t heard anything else from the the album — one that’s supposedly returning to the heavier Sunny Days — but this would fit well on Return. Maybe too well. So, 10 years later, the only real difference with Enigk’s solo material is that I’m no longer surprised.

(Via P4K)

OK Bear is out 05/12 via Lewis Hollow.

Comments (10)
  1. Matt  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    Nice. His previous 2 solo albums have been fantastic and this song sounds great.

  2. erik  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    the drums and bass sound amazing on this song. Pocket.

  3. Matt  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    That voice is a one way ticket to adolescent memoryville. In the best way.

  4. This doesn’t sound all that much like the stuff on Return, for better or worse. The piano’s there, I suppose, but it reminds me more of How It Feels to be Something On SDRE, overall. Sounds like the album might be a step up from The Fire Theft and the last solo album, in any case, which would be nice.

  5. bob seger  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    Excellent. Few artists can bring you places Enigk can with his vocals.

  6. CH  |   Posted on Mar 17th, 2009 0

    totally agree with “d”. sounds much more like the How it Feels era, and just as amazing. I caught Jeremy at a solo show last year in a small club in San Francisco. It is, to date, one of the most powerful, beautiful shows I’ve ever seen. Check him out if you ever get the chance.

  7. am i missing out on a record? isn’t this the 4th solo collection? rotfq, world waits, the missing link…. (are we including the end sessions?)

  8. World Waits could be one of the most beautiful albums of the past ten years.
    Wow! This is the first positive comment I’ve ever left on Stereogum. I’m gonna blame Jesus for this.

  9. I’d say this is surprising… it’s a bit of a turn from World Waits back to a certainly-darker form…
    Also, any word on the Sunny Day Real Estate reunion? All I know is what I’ve posted online and some tweets from one dude who’s in the know…

  10. Good Great Grand song!

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