Album Review

Hotel – “EP” – [Self-released]

abacus   2/19/2014   A Library, CD


Lost in the pretty lights of grimy Pacific Ave Hotel brings us psychedelic space pop out of Santa Cruz. Three piece of guitar-bass-drums incorporate elements of garage rock, surf and shoegaze for a signature beach bum sound. The opener brings a party pumping groove that’s as gritty as it is groovy with melodies and rhythms simple enough to catch your ear and smudged enough not to offend it. The first instrumental contrasts with subtle raga repetition where the bass shines as the real driving force while guitar lounges in clouds of its own reverb. A brief rollicking rocker carries us over to black tar, a paranoid ballad as lethargic and disheveled as the name suggests and VU a lonely lullaby just as lethargic. The closing instrumental peaks with a spacious blues tripper that leaves you dripping for more. Liquid lava lamp la la land, lose it.

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