Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tangerine Stoned - S/T

The globules in the orange lava lamp stretched.  The street lights of Rimini reflected through the lace window covering of the third story apartment on Via Emilia and created a strobe effect as the breeze blew open the drapes. Traffic echoed off the Tiberius Bridge.  It sounded as if some had dropped. It smelled like others had toked on the nearby beach.  A vast 60's-70's psychedelic scene immediately filled the room.  All I did was turn on and tune in Tangerine Stoned's self-titled debut album.

Assembled in Italy in 2011 with the desire to recreate the tones of Hendrix, the Doors, Cream, Pink Floyd, - essentially the psychedelic rock sound of the late 1960's and early 1970's -  the band's founders, Alex Key (guitarist) and Chris Jei (vocals), recruited a bass player, keyboard player and drummer and just released this six track throwback on May 30, 2013. You will be hard pressed to find a better American acid rock sound that isn't 45 years old.  While the final track is titled in Italian, such allusion to the band's heritage on this stoned out head trip only adds to the nostalgic counter-culture brilliance of the release.

I will make this short and sweet.  Break out this mind altering musical substance and get Tangerine Stoned.

--Old School

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