What’s That Sound? – New Planet Trampoline – “Dark Rides & Grim Visions”

When this record hit my inbox over the summer, I had no clue as to who New Planet Trampoline were or what I was about to hear.

The record starts off without answers, fading in slowly with the vague and airy mantra of “There Is Nothing More To Say,” driving it’s point home as you’re bounced pleasantly along by a Pink-Floyd shuffle.  Keyboards and harmonies plunge in right after, setting the tone for the rest of the record’s late ’60s psych-pop influence. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? – New Planet Trampoline – “Dark Rides & Grim Visions””

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What’s That Sound? White Mystery – “Outta Control”

When I was a kid back in the ’80s and ’90s, my family owned one of those handheld cassette recorders with the handles.  My sister and I, or sometimes friends, would record everything around us.  We’d create little radio programs and skits and songs and such.  It was silly and fun, full of inside jokes, the kind of thing young people did in in the safe space of close kinship.  A level of comfortable where you didn’t care about what anyone thought or said, just fun for fun’s sake. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? White Mystery – “Outta Control””

What’s That Sound? The Harlequins – “One With You”

Anyone in psychedelic music circles these days will tell you, there’s plenty of fuzz to go around.  Surf riffs drenched in shaky distortion, wobbly keyboard licks and distorted vocal yelps are becoming commonplace, and personally I love it.  But as has happened with past music trends from punk to grunge to you name it, standing out from the crowd while indulging in the genre du jour isn’t always easy. Continue reading “What’s That Sound? The Harlequins – “One With You””

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