If you listen to Sundae’s 2020 album, Sundaes Volume 1, you’ll hear a lot of keyboards, vocoder effects and dance-y beats coupled with some heartfelt crooning. You’d be forgiven for not realizing it at the time but that crooning also serves as a sneak peek for Country Sundaes, a newly unveiled short film that twists any preconceived notions you may have had about Sundaes skill set. The beats, vocoder and keyboards have been tabled and swapped out for steel guitar, piano and a platform for Sundaes vocals to soar.
Over the 20 minute duration, Sundaes performs hits from Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Kacey Musgraves and Dolly Parton; all intercut with clips from classic TV shows such as “Roy Acuff’s Open House” or a Lucky Strike Cigarette Commercial. The clips help to break up the performance and really augment the Country aspect of the show; a brilliant editing choice from Sundaes and AMPM Video.
Country Sundaes is an excellent testament to Sundaes vocal prowess as the original melancholy of these songs is on display in full force. It’s also a compelling reminder that Sundaes shouldn’t be put categorized into one specific genre, they’re clearly more than capable of expressing some wonderful emotion across a spectrum of styles. As the year wraps up and everything slows down, let this performance provide an enjoyable backdrop for soaking it all in and reflecting on the year.