Assemble Head In Sunburst SoundManzanita

On their fourth album, San Francisco’s Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound trip the acid waves from mellow to wild and exuberant

“Manzanita” is the fourth album by San Francisco psychedelic rock band Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound. Wild opener “L.A. Sacrifice” sets the stage for that certain retro feeling, invoking the spirit of the ’60s and ’70s. The vocals are reminiscent of Hawkwind. Most songs on the album don’t rock as hard, however. The laid-back, mellow sounds of “Blue Wire” pull you into a hypnotic groove. A bit of country and western shines through on “(Gone) ’Round the Corner.” The album’s standout tracks are “Sunshine,” “Blue Wire” and “L.A. Sacrifice.” There is a great big chunk of Grateful Dead and other sixties acid rockers in Assemble Head’s sound. A marvelous, melodious trip with all round good vibes.

Klaas Ilse | Aug 6, 2012
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