Ganglians – Monster Head Room
– One of my favorite new bands, the best way I could describe them would be if Syd Barrett and Roky Erickson got together to jam with The Beach Boys at their most psychedelic. Absolutely great record, the vinyl came out on Weird Forest and the cd version is out on Woodsist.
Everytime I see these chaps play I come away with a big old grin on my world-weary face. How do they do it? Well it’s the lightheartedness in their playing … the angelic Wilson-esque vocal harmonies … then from out of nowhere come those West African guitar stylings! And yet I can never pin down this band’s sound … not that that’s a bad thing. In fact it’s always been a sure sign for me that the music’s doing something right. From the lazy day musings of To June to the monumental yarn Valient Brave. Jam this on your next road trip or on your back porch drinking an Arnold Palmer. This is a record for summertime if ever there was one. It’s pop music in the best sense of the word … paramount and perennial.