ROY – Roy’s Garage

ROY has returned to spread his psych-pop sensibilities far and wide once again on the shimmering Roy’s Garage.

Released in May on Idée Fixe Records, Roy’s Garage is unquestionably informed by a vast array of psychedelic rarities from the ’60s, in the most beautiful of ways. Featuring everything from a Brian Wilson-meets-Sagittarius-like sunshine pop sheen (“Where Did My Mind Go?”) to the gnarly garage stomps (“All The Time”), this album is a psych 45-RPM collector’s dream.

The album is a perfect homage to the trippiest tracks of the late ’60s, complete with scorching fuzz guitars, surreal lyrics and day-glow harmonies. Even the production work screams of the original Nuggets-era. Echoes of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy and Ultimate Spinach can be felt in the reverberating chorus on songs like “Nowhere to Run,” while the fried phased guitar of “Universal Truth” harkens back to The Nightcrawlers, The Chocolate Watchband and The Savage Resurrection.

Meanwhile, the sardonic and satirical tone of the late ’60s even seeps into this record. The influence of The Mothers of Invention, St. John’s Green and Blossom Toes can be felt at various points across the album. This is perhaps most noticeable on the marching “Let Me Tell Ya.”

If you have records by the likes of Morgen, The Millennium and The Seeds in your collection, you need this album pronto. Click here to get your copy on vinyl or digital today.

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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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