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Album Review

The Essex Green's debut album captures the sound and spirit of the psychedelic era with an uncanny accuracy which makes the rest of the Elephant 6 collective seem positively postmodern by comparison. It's hardly paint-by-numbers, however — for all of its colorful guitar effects, orchestral spangles, and studio trickery, what's impressive about Everything Is Green is the subtle mastery with which the band deploys these cues, soaring so far beyond their music's superficial similarities to psychedelia that the album seems less like a latter-day homage to the late '60s than an actual artifact of the times; songs like "Primrose" and the majestic "Mrs. Bean" are both wonderfully unique and instantly familiar, evoking not merely the sonic grandeur of pop's past but its limitless possibilities as well.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful unforgettable memories

I am very pleased that I invested in this small psychedelic masterpiece. I recently came across the new album by Essex Green and was amazed by their melodies. This one, in contrast to the crystal production of their newest, presents all the beautiful and unforgettable things that the Byrds, the Mamas and the Papas, Pink Floyd and others gave to the music. Despite its old-fashioned production it does not sound amateurish at all, and that is because the Essex Green have the music and the melodies in their hearts and deliver them without overflowting joy,which might be at the cost of the general quality of the sound, but with a careful sound mastering. This group revitalises my interest in psychedelic sounds. Thank you Essex Green!

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Neo-psychedelic pop outfit the Essex Green were formed in mid-1997 after four members of the Burlington, VT-based Guppyboy — singer/guitarist Chris Ziter, singer/keyboardist Sasha Bell, guitarist Jeff Baron, and bassist Mike Barrett — relocated to Brooklyn, NY. Completing the lineup with drummer Tim Barnes, the group appeared at various New York City clubs before touring the East Coast with Aden and Saturnine, releasing a split single with the Sixth Great Lake in the spring of 1999. The...
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