Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Striped Bananas Create Lush Art Through Psychedelic Rock Music

There are a lot of bands in the independent world that are trying to make a name for themselves, and few are doing it as well as The Striped Bananas. At least when it comes to fusing genres, and art all into one easy to swallow capsule. On their second full length, you get a sense for something grand, and it starts to stick to your ears within a few minutes of hearing their mix of sounds of discord, and subsequent unity.

I want to compare some of their work to Sonic Youth, but The Striped Bananas do something beyond the framework of the iconic alt-rockers. They stick to the psychedelic symbolism like the furs, but they do it with a little bit more flair for the surreal. The stand out tracks include “Dark Peace”, “Wednesday Morning”, and “Oasis of Time”, at least on the first listen. As you listen more, you start to fill in the pieces, and get a distinguished sound that is equal part noisy, and yet harmonic at the same time.

The pacing is nice, flowing through 12 tracks doesn’t take forever, but it also doesn’t feel like it’s too fast. The instrumentation is great, and the experiments work for the better throughout the record. I found their daring attempts to fuse rock, indie, and psychedelic notes to be substantial and well worth your time to explore. It’s not an album that you’ll want to listen to once and then put on the shelf. It’s something that deserves exploration and something that will definitely find a home with alternative fans of all ages.

The Striped Bananas create a good layered rock record here, and it’s definitely one to look out for. You can listen, download and find out more by clicking here to their official bandcamp page.

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