â€œBreezeâ€ is the opening song on â€œShall Noise Upon.â€ Itâ€™s a light, airy, wafer-thin crisp that fades a soon as it begins, leaving little behind. Itâ€™s followed by â€œSinging to the Earth (To Thank Her For You),â€ which sounds exactly like its title. It could have been on the Hair Soundtrack. Another tune, â€œFog and Shadow,â€ may be the first psychedelic country song Iâ€™ve heard. It sounds like a Hank Williams 45 played at 33 1/3 RPM. For those who donâ€™t know, that refers to record speeds. Records were these black, plastic discs that looked kind of like big CDs. Folks listened to them all the time in the 1960s.
And speaking of the 1960s, no review of Los Angelesâ€™ Apollo Sunshine can be complete without reference to that decade, and the early 1970s, because thereâ€™s few bands as unashamedly hippie-retro as this one. Following up their 2005 self-titled debut, â€œShall Noise Uponâ€ (to be released on September 2nd), features Byrdsy rock (â€œ666: The Coming of the New World Governmentâ€); prog-rock psychedelia (â€œGreen Green Lawns of Outer Spaceâ€); idealistic folk (â€œMoneyâ€); atmospheric instrumentals (â€œShall Noise Upon;â€ â€œHappinessâ€); samba (â€œHonestlyâ€) and even Moby Grape/Steppenwolf blues (â€œThe Funky Chamberlain;â€ â€œThe Mermaid Angelineâ€). Thereâ€™s something for every Easy Rider on what sounds like a mixtape from your dadâ€™s old vinyl, only with much better production quality.
Man, this is a radical ride that breaks from societyâ€™s rules and conventions, and totally blasts you into a 5th dimension, dude. But donâ€™t take my word for it, Iâ€™m over 30.