12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Philadelphia’s Asteroid #4’s sixth album Hail to the Clear Figurines is a brilliant mining of all the band’s pop, psychedelic and country influences  The reverb is deep and entrancing. The rhythms slide wherever they need to go. And an organ haunts these tracks with ghostly chords that lay down the perfect drone. That’s just the first third of the album. Things turn straightforward and poppy near the middle with “Got Nowhere to Go,” which could’ve been an AM smash in 1965.  “All False Reasons” is equally delicious with sweet harmonies and an old-fashioned sense of song. “In the Interest of Captain Marbles” is a groovy instrumental with fuzzed- out tones and zoned-out chants that lead to the beautiful wash of “Be Yourself By Yourself,” where the group churns out hooks as strong as Guided By Voices in their prime. “A Sunny Day” (One Afternoon)” is fantastic subliminal underwater psychedelia. The music seems to emanate from an anonymous duct behind the speakers. “Carnival” is a plaintive acoustic folk song redolent of early Pink Floyd.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Philadelphia’s Asteroid #4’s sixth album Hail to the Clear Figurines is a brilliant mining of all the band’s pop, psychedelic and country influences  The reverb is deep and entrancing. The rhythms slide wherever they need to go. And an organ haunts these tracks with ghostly chords that lay down the perfect drone. That’s just the first third of the album. Things turn straightforward and poppy near the middle with “Got Nowhere to Go,” which could’ve been an AM smash in 1965.  “All False Reasons” is equally delicious with sweet harmonies and an old-fashioned sense of song. “In the Interest of Captain Marbles” is a groovy instrumental with fuzzed- out tones and zoned-out chants that lead to the beautiful wash of “Be Yourself By Yourself,” where the group churns out hooks as strong as Guided By Voices in their prime. “A Sunny Day” (One Afternoon)” is fantastic subliminal underwater psychedelia. The music seems to emanate from an anonymous duct behind the speakers. “Carnival” is a plaintive acoustic folk song redolent of early Pink Floyd.

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About The Asteroid No. 4

Mixing influences like Mazzy Star, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Medicine with their own space pop, the Psychedelphia combo Asteroid No. 4 debuted in 1995 with the CIA Took My Dog Away EP. After three years' worth of extensive touring across the U.S. as well as contributing to several compilations, their first full-length, Introducing...The Asteroid #4, came out in 1998 with the accompaniment of the single "What a Sorry Way to Go." After a tour with the Lilys later on that year, their EP The Apple Street came out in 1999 with a little help from the local Philadelphia label Lounge Records. The Lilys' psych pop kingpin Kurt Heasley produced their 2001 album King Richard's Collectibles, which drew on British psych, folk, and pop influences ranging from Syd Barrett to the Stone Roses. ~ Mike DaRonco

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Philadelphia, PA
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