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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Free EP from Sunbeam Rd. Stands Out from the Local Psych-Rock Pack

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 8:39 AM

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Sunbeam Rd. aim to be pretty and warped at the same time. This newish S.F. four-piece's entrancingly spaced-out song structures and whiffs of reverb and fuzz mingle with three-part vocals that at times harmonize with startling talkiness and dissonance. But unlike lots of local psych bands, there's a detectable deliberateness to what goes on here -- the noisy parts feel like they truly belong, the minimalist parts really do haunt, and several songs ramble with a charming, jacked-up pop sensibility. Begin with with the glowing "Waves," below.

Sunbeam Rd.'s debut EP, Turtles, Magnets, Animals, is available today for free download or $4 cassette. (I will resist this opportunity to further discuss how much cassettes suck. The art for this one is pretty cool.) The release party goes down tonight at the Hemlock with Foreign Cinema and Slowness. [h/t See The Leaves]

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