Sun Tunnels

Check out our song “Notice Me” on the KEXP Music that Matters Podcast #398

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WHAT ABOUT IT

Sun Tunnels is a recording/performing project of Seattle-based songwriter/singer Louis O’Callaghan, producer/singer Sarah McGuinn, and bassist Sugar McGuinn. Louis is me, I’m writing this.

What I do:

I mainly write songs for voice and guitar. It’s like folk, but I don’t write about the Depression, or about rivers, or John Henry. Lyrically I keep it pretty abstract, and my instinct is toward darker more melancholic sounds. But not always! Lately I’ve been working on a rock opera, which is shorthand for saying that a lot of recent songs have been following a central narrative.

People have said I sound like Elliott Smith, Beck, Nick Drake, Jeff Mangum, Jeff Tweedy, and Thom Yorke. I do not mind that they said and/or printed that.

With a band:

Since late 2012 or so I have collaborated with Sarah and Sugar McGuinn. We have made recordings and even played a show at Folklife 2013 (along with longtime friend and drummer Sam Jansons). Sarah arranges and engineers recordings in high-fidelity, plays multi-instruments and sings, Sugar plays bass. Most of the recordings on this site are older, demos from my low-fi times. Those will go away as we work up more recordings as a group.

Booking:

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Influences?

I have at times been obsessed with Led Zeppelin, Neutral Milk Hotel, Cat Power, Mirah, the Microphones, the Softies, the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Soundgarden, Built to Spill, Low, Azure Ray, Nirvana, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Modest Mouse, and Radiohead. More recently I don’t obsess much, but still find time to like things.

Press and radio:

Sun Tunnels is a new music project made up of older people with daytime careers, but when I called myself “the graze” and had more time I got some press and radio.

“Sun Tunnels.”

Other types of sun tunnel include an art installation in Utah (which is where I saw the name), and tubular skylights.

Other projects:

Sarah is in the Fading Collection and the Modern Relics. Sugar is  is in the Modern Relics as well, used to be in Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, and before that, Bicycle (among others). Sam is in Rosyvelt, is one half of Lux Fontaine, and was one third of An Invitation to Love (a hard rock band about Twin Peaks). I’m the other half of Lux Fontaine, was another third of AITL, also used to be in Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, also was in Rosyvelt, and used to call my solo project “the graze” (scroll down for audio).

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CONTACT

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THE GRAZE

This was my solo project before I changed it to Sun Tunnels. I made a lot of recordings by myself, including the following two albums: