If you’re looking for a psych band for the modern age that produces epic journeys through music ready your ears for The Everett Interpretation. The band has taken the traditional jam band format and given it a crisper, fresher alternative sound with their album Tangerine Screams.
I cannot stress enough that listening to the album from start to finish illustrates a broad, sensory tingling sensation. Don’t worry, I’m completely sober as I write this. I can tell a lot of work was put into the arrangement to build healthy peaks and valleys. The band had hopes of creating a mind-expanding experience, I would say they succeeded, and I had no substances in my system to assist in the that assertion.
While there is the traditional feeling of trip bands of the ’60s and ’70s it is not heavily derivative. It was explained how much of an influence those bands were and I had my concerns I would get a sound that I had already heard which can often happen. Luckily The Everett Interpretation was hellbent on putting their own signature on the genre. You get dives into blues, indie rock, Americana and the bizarre. The majority of the album hovers around a chill alternative zone. However, when they decide to rock out they drop the hammer and really go for it. You’re not getting a baby boomer jam band experience; there are playful modern twists in here.
Lyrics and vocals are often lost on me with this kind of music, but there was good emphasis put there as well. Vast and vague, the lyrics are whimsical and sometimes just very practical. There’s wonderful collaborative vocalists bouncing off one another so effortlessly. It’s cool and refreshing and helped keep me engaged.
When it comes to the audio production I would like to quote what was received in the submission because their process is worth acknowledging and I don’t want to get it wrong.
“The album was recorded to 24 track 2-inch tape, bounced to Pro-Tools and mixed, and then mastered on an analogue 2-track machine at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, MN, with the help of Kristopher Johnson and Ed Ackerson.”
Now that’s a healthy amount of time put into one’s sound. I’d say investment like this should be commended and it was definitely worth it considering the project. Producing an album like this is a huge architectural effort; psych music is meant to engulf a listener. There is always a leaning to want to hear music like this live, however I don’t feel like I’m missing anything thanks to the production.
To be honest I am not a huge trip/jam band fan, however, thanks to friends who have tried to convert me, I have listened to a great deal of that type of music. The Everett Interpretation may very well be my new favorite band in this genre. Tangerine Screams is a product of a healthy imagination, well executed experimentation and lots of hard work. If they can turn me into a fan, despite being a genre I typically avoid, I think that speaks volumes as to their ability to cultivate a large audience. I sincerely hope they do.
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