Dripping with Psychedelia and woven together by Apollo 8 sound clips, Cobra Family Picnic has created a masterpiece album. The tracks fall into three groups. The first track is a jazz infused intro for what is not a jazz album. Three tripped out, Avant guard, “Interplanetary” tracks connect the remaining rocker tracks. The rock tracks, except for the dark “Moody Mountain”, have upbeat grooves, drenched in somber effected vocals, and kept aloft by spaced out guitar and keyboards, that will have you simultaneously dancing and tripping. If the vocals mean anything, I’ve not been able to tell, because I always get too sucked into the music to process the words.
I fear this collaborative effort out of Tucson could be the last, as vocalist Randall Dempsey was only temporarily located in Tucson and has moved back to Phoenix. I challenge you to listen to “Elysium” and not find yourself dancing in your chair, if not bolting to your feet, midway through.