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Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound - Manzanita (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2012
Catalog number: TPE-142-2
It’s easy to stereotype psychedelic music, but the genre has always attracted a wide variety of personalities and sounds, from paranoid weirdos wielding apocalyptic drones to flower children flaunting bucolic bliss. San Francisco’s Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound houses a little of all of the above. "Manzanita" stacks monuments to oblivion like the pulsing “L.A. Sacrifice” amid dandelion-scented drifters like “Green Meadow Slowdown.” Underpinning them all is an immaculate—and even sober—sense of songcraft, a focus on sun-dappled melody and jangling interplay that counteracts even the deepest shadows. It’s those high highs and low lows that push Manzanita above so much of the current garage-psyche crop. Granted, the group’s sumptuous co-ed harmonies, Zombies-esque keys, touches of flute, and crushing slabs of distortion don’t hurt—nor do Charlie Saufley’s alternately smoky and helium-filled vocals. Above all, though, AHISS brings soulful grace and weary wonder to a sound that once thrived on both.