I'm still deriving great listening pleasure from At George's Zoo, the latest from San Francisco's Cool Ghouls, months down the line from its release. They're a band who seem to innately understand that just because your sound is rooted in the past, in their case the Psychedelic West Coast sound of '67, it doesn't need to be irrelevant or date stamped in any respect.
It's great to be able to listen to another release from their stable in Supreme Joy's debut Joy, released at the end of May. They're a side project from The Ghouls Ryan Wong, cut from he same cloth as his main 9 to 5 but allowing him to explore and innovate on his own terms.
It's a truly lovely album. Recorded in Wong's Denver basement at the height of the American political, Covid and Black Lives Matter unrest last year, it's a testament to the value of glass half full thinking. Predicated in deep love of sparkly Sixties guitar pop music but never mired in the past.
A particular pleasure is Palace of Oranges, whic seems to re-imagine a moment where Gram Parsons and Bobbie Gentry chose to drop out and relocate to Haight Ashbury together. There's plenty else to relish and wallow in here. I only wish I could post more of it but it doesn't seem to be on YouTube yet. In any case, I urge you to hunt the rest down. Joy.... does what it says on the tin.