Hopewell – And The Birds Of Appetite (Tee Pee Records)

Hopewell’s dreamy psychedelic pop immediately brings to mind bands like The Flaming Lips, Grandaddy and Mercury Rev. This makes perfect sense since lead singer Jason Russo was briefly a member of Mercury Rev and this album (their third release since 1998) was produced by Dave Fridmann of Mercury Rev. Even with obvious influences (add Neil Young & Crazy Horse to the aforementioned groups) Hopewell manage to stake out a musical territory all their own. What makes the album stand out is the epic production, filled with dense trumpets, thundering drums and dreamy guitars. Songs like “Synthetic Symphony” “Praise Twice” and the awesome “Calcutta” show how a top-notch producer can turn a good song into a great one. Albums like this are the reason headphones were invented.


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