Friday, September 7, 2018

The Molochs - Flowers In The Spring

The easy part about featuring Flowers In The Spring, the new sophomore album by The Molochs, is the bottom line: Top quality guitar pop.  The harder part is describing why that is so.  The influences that revealed themselves to our ears include '60s British Invasion and California guitar pop, Britpop, and '80s New Zealand pop.  But that description alone doesn't do justice to the adept alchemy of Lucas Fitzsimmons and Ryan Foster.  All of the influences flow together in a seamless, truly inspired mix of jangle and chime, sturdy rhythms and flowing melodies.  Everything piece of the puzzle fits perfectly, and then is washed in California sunshine to contrast the often less than happy lyrics.  The band's arrangements celebrates simplicity, which only embellishes the things they do so well.  This is an impressive album that delivers both an immediate rush and long-lasting satisfaction, and it likely will be included in our end-of-the-year list.

Flowers In The Spring is out today in digital, vinyl, CD and cassette formats via Los Angeles label Innovative Leisure.

Bandcamp for Flowers In The Spring
The Molochs page at Innovative Leisure

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