Album Review

Tomorrows Tulips – “Experimental Jelly” – [Burger Records]

Thurston Hunger   6/19/2014   12-inch, A Library

Well this is a summertime kind of add. I’ve lived in
California since I was six, and this album made me feel
like an out-of-stater. Exremely laidback little guitar
and drums numbers, dipped in off-shore reverb, baked in
those warm canyons of SoCal. The album starts with a
possible homage to Kiss’ “Strutter” the first two lines
get alluded to, and the guitar gets quaaluded too. The
Tulips are two guys, Alex Knost on guitar and vocals,
Ford Archbold on bass, plus some guy drummed a little
bit in trade for new skateboard trucks. I bet Costa Mesa
sounds like this even when the band is on tour. If you
strain you can kinda hear Brian Wilson ripples, but this
lp feels more like a thin threadbare sweater from that
indie rock 90’s boutique. The lyrics are delivered in a
talky slur, but at times eclipse their inherent sunshine
in favor of some vague philosophical malaise. Harshmellow!
KFJC deviants might want to trip on “Misses Hash” first.

-Thurston Hunger

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