The WEST COAST POP ART EXPERIMENTAL BAND – ” Part One “

Posted: March 18, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were an American psychedelic rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965.Their first album for Reprise was the best of the groups career, in large part because it was the most song-oriented. The group created music that possessed an eerie, and at times sinister, atmosphere, and contained material that was bluntly political, childlike, and bizarre. It was still plenty weird, almost to the point of stylistic schizophrenia, but when you got down to it, much of the record was comprised of fairly catchy songs in the neighborhood of two and three minutes long.

At times they sounded like reasonably normal, fairly talented Byrds-like folk-rockers with tracks like “Transparent Day,” P.F. Sloan “Here Where You Belong” and others, a Kinks-like garage band (“If You Want This Love” and at others, a fey Baroque pop outfit (the orchestrated “Will You Walk With Me”). There was an undercurrent of unsettling weirdness and even paranoia, though, in some cuts with otherwise pleasing tunes, like “Shifting Sands,” with its sizzling distorted guitars; “I Won t Hurt You,” with its heartbeat bass and disconnected vocals and “Leiyla,” where a standard teen garage rocker suddenly gets invaded by spoken dialog that seems to have been lifted from a vampire B-movie.

The cover of Frank Zappa’s “Help, I’m a Rock” flung them into freakier pastures, emulated convincingly on the group original “1906,” an apt soundtrack to a bummer acid trip with its constant spoken refrain, “I don’t feel well.”

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