Sunflower Bean are a New York band with a sound somewhere between shoegaze and certain strands of post-punk. The Show Me Your Seven Secrets EP is their debut release, and it makes for a very strong introduction. Six tracks of thickly-produced, tight-yet-loose jams, pressed to clear vinyl on Fat Possum.
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I had a dream last night that Laurence from Felt was in the Cocteau Twins. What on earth could have brought that on? Oh and he was a professional footballer too. This record sounds like the Cocteau Twins only because I’ve been playing it at the wrong speed.
Once you correct this it still has an ’80’s shoegaze vibe but is more in keeping with Spacemen 3. On ‘Someone Call me a Doctor’ The guitars are nicely flanged, the vocals are hazy and everything stays on the same chord throughout. ‘2013’ is pure drones psych with pulverising drumming and doom bass. They have a song called 'Tame Impala’, this is heavy psych with wild bass runs and super effected guitars. Occasionally they get more melodic and this is where I like them best - where they break out the jangling guitars and have the feel of the mid 80’s Dunedin scene. Those guitars are pure Chills.
So like the band Snapper, Sunflower Bean veer between 80’s style plangent pop and full on psych workouts. I know which one I like best but fans of Hookworms, the Cardinal Fuzz label and all things Liverpool psych fest may enjoy the other side of the band.
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