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Albums Of The Week: Susto | Time In The Sun

The S.C. indie roots-rockers tackle life's big questions on this eloquent, artsy set.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Susto’s Time In The Sun was produced and engineered by Wolfgang Zimmerman (Band of Horses) in the band’s hometown of Charleston, S.C. Time In The Sun follows their critically acclaimed 2019 studio album Ever Since I Lost My Mind. The joy of birth, the closure of death, the warmth of true friendship, and the future rotate on the axis of the band’s latest. Frontman Justin Osborne distills this ebb and flow into songs underpinned by lyrical eloquence, unpredictable dynamics, and a thoroughly alive rock ’n’ roll spirit.

Prior to entering the studio, Osborne became a father and midway through recording, lost his own father to cancer. Osborne says, “Because I had begun writing when I found out I was going to be a dad, these events were the biggest inspirations for the record. It felt like I was in between the beginning and end of life. Up until my own father passed away, I felt like it was an album about new life and becoming a parent. His passing shifted the narrative towards the cyclical nature of life, death, and new births … There was a lot of contemplation going on in my brain, a lot of personal evolution going on in my life, and songwriting was my way of working through it all.

“The title Time In The Sun is meant to be a monument to my own human existence and also a tribute to the human experience in general. I wouldn’t claim to understand what it means to be a human, from the countless different perspectives of the world, but I do have my own experience to reflect on and I want to be able to express and explain that in some way. I guess this album is an attempt at that. At the core though, it’s just a collection of songs about my life and my feelings.”

Since 2013, Osborne has quietly prepared to make the statement that is Time In The Sun. He began penning songs as a teenager in South Carolina and after a hiatus from music, relocated to Havana, Cuba. While there, he befriended local musicians who encouraged him to focus on writing songs again. The band’s name Susto is derived from a Latin American term that can be roughly translated as “panic attack.” Osborne says, “That deep fright was something that I was experiencing, and songwriting felt like it was helping me cure it.”