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Album Review: Sunbeam Sound Machine “Wonderer”

Since Tame Impala hit the music scene, more and more bands from Australia have been popping up, and they seem to have foot hold in the dreamy psychedelia department. The latest to emerge is Sunbeam Sound Machine, the brainchild of Melbourne’s Nick Sowersby.

Sowersby enlisted the help of Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) to help mix, and then went to work in his garage to create his first full length LP Wonderer.

Psychedelic music to me, may be a bit different from to most people. I don’t only classify the heavy trippy music into this category, but also music that has a way of altering the state of your mind and Wonderer has the ability to do just that. While listening to it, I was transported from a cold dreary day to a time where it seemed I was floating on a cloud in a warm summer sky.

The music is the focus on the album, with Sowersby’s vocals seemingly taking a back seat, almost echoing across the music. The 13 track album is interlaced with shorter tracks, such as Goodbye Vrations, an instrumental , that is more dark and haunting than the rest of the album, each of these shorter tracks clock in at under a minute and a half and are chocked full of layered blissful dreampop.

Sunbeam Sound Machine’s Wonderer is out November 21 via Dot Dash/Remote Records

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TRACKLISTING:

Life on Earth

Wandering, I

Real Life

In Your Arms

Zeds

Goodbye Vrations

Fever Dream

Daibutsu

Wonder

Somehow

A Brief Attempt At Explaining the Sky

Autumnal

Sailing Away

 TRACKS TO LISTEN FOR:

Real Life, Wanderer I, Daibutsu

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You can usually find me traveling, queuing, or at barricade for a band. I am most likely doing all three things in a day. If I'm not at a concert you can also find me digging through crates for that coveted black disc, I'm an avid vinyl lover and I have the receipts to prove it.