This sounds unreal! A slight departure from their usual folk/rock grandeur, ‘Spiral’ cruises on a spare, loping pulse that’s more in line Wasner’s electronic-based solo project Flock of Dimes, while a focus on clean, expansive guitar recalls the more bewitching elements of Fleetwood Mac. Jenn’s dotted vocals also play more with rhythm than usual, doling her perennially rich and emotive melodies through terse puncture points. (Just to note: There’s some kind of horrifically loud compression static during the outro, which sounds intentional, but can leave a bit of a sonic scar if you’re as unprepared for it as I was.) The track will eventually be available to download over at Adult Swim starting Monday.
Sometimes, when riding in my father’s truck, he will turn on his favorite radio station. It’s the kind of station that only plays music from the late-60’s to mid-80’s, all of it being of the ‘rock’ variety. Most of the time it will be songs that anyone would know (like stuff by The Rolling Stones or Bowie or Creedence Clearwater Revival). There are times, though, when some hidden gem by Peter Gabriel-era Genesis will pop up or something super-cool by Fleetwood Mac (when Fleetwood Mac was Peter Green’s dream-child) will float on out of the speakers.
It is that unexpected moment of discovery, of hearing something that is familiar and new at the same time, that this track by Laser Background reminds me of. It sounds like classic rock, ‘round the days when 60’s hippies were meeting up with 70’s sunshine rockers & popping tabs of acid onto the tongue was the only way to fly…
You know what I mean & I know what I mean, too. Diggin’ it.
James Batsford is a really cool guy. He runs the London-based label Stroll On Records and I got to know him through a few releases that he did with Acid Glasses. Since then James has kept me up to date with everything the label has done (and has even sent me some cool stuff in the mail, too). His most recent release comes from Philadelphia native Andy Moholt’s weirdo pop project Laser Background. The self-titled EP contains five tracks of brilliant and somewhat paranoid psych pop. In many ways it reminds me of the weird transitional phase that pop music went through as it moved from the 1970’s to the 1980’s.
The best description for what’s going on here comes from Andy himself. As he puts it:
“The Concept Of Laser Background Centers Around Childhood. The EP’s Artwork Is In Fact A Picture From My Second Grade School Photo. A Lot Of The Ideas Laser Background Tries To Invoke Focus On How Confusing And Crazy And In A Lot Of Ways How Psychedelic It Feels To Be A Child Trying To Make Sense Of A Fucking Crazy Adult World.”
The EP is limited to and edition of 100 cassettes, so make sure you grab one from the label’s store if you dig it!