"Dreams Upon the Mast" is now available !
The Striped Bananas are back with their fifth album, Pictures I Hear - 12 more tremendous slabs of garage, fuzz and psych that arrive in perfect time for the summer months, and with especially perfect timing for the world in which we now seem to live...'Skip's Axe' is a soaring tribute to Skip Spence; the earwormy 'Live This Day' feels like it fell out of the box marked 1967 that you keep on top of the wardrobe, and landed on top of your REM collection; and 'Never Too Far' is a jangle and harmony laden cover of a Tim Hardin song that, well, who knew it could be improved upon? So one more great album to line up alongside the rest of their catalog, and the Striped Bananas remain among the best of the modern psych bunch.
Goldmine Magazine - September 2020 issue - Dave Thompson
Worshipping at the altar of Their Satanic Majesties-era Stones and Smile-time Beach Boys, the band's sound charts an oddly-engaging brand of melancholy baroque-psych ballad which sees sitar swooping across "Dark Peace" and mysterioso organ lacing "Lady Sunshine" as Byrdsian harmonies sporadically take flight under Duncan Shepard's doleful vocals.
While the sleeve may leave you expecting some sort of San Francisco jam band explosion, the reality is more along the lines of the less instrumentally intricate and more song-orientated sixties West Coast outfits like the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, with a touch of "Butterfly" era Hollies creeping in on the more psych-pop inclined tracks, as well as the odd moment of garage fuzz that may not reach Seeds levels (few do), but are certainly reminiscent of early Electric Prunes...
The Active Listener