Tess Parks proves she can still be a major force in the realm of psychedelic rock as a solo artist on the hazy And Those Who Were Seen Dancing.
After spending years collaborating beautifully with Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, it’s nice to hear Parks take the lead once again and display her own unique take on psychedelia. Each track on this record is a smoky, hypnotic psych-rock morsel that combines danceable beats with dreamlike atmospheric touches.
Operating through a cloud of shoegaze fuzz and feedback, Parks sings with so much grit in her voice, it’s almost like she’s calling out in her sleep. With multiple layers of reverb being applied to her vocals and sunny guitars, the entire record takes on a deeply mesmerized vibe. It’s like the entire album was crafted to suit Parks’ particular singing style.
Due to its shimmering and entrancing production and use of poppy drumming, it’s easy for this record to conjure up the more psych-leaning late ’90s work of artists like The Chemical Brothers, The Verve and even Boards of Canada.
Bewitching and ethereal at all times, And Those Who Were Seen Dancing is a modern acid-pop gem.
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