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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.

Customer Reviews

Almost Worthy Of A Sixth Star

It's rare when a band inspired by 1960s rock can record with nary an anachronism. The Asteroid #4 isn't just another retro act trying to emulate the past - they're adding a worthy contribution to the canon of top-shelf psych.

hail to the clear figurines

For those that enjoy the A4, this is vintage A4. Difficult to say whether this is their best record yet. These Flowers and Hail To are certainly records that are equally great. I can't add a bunch of colorful words that have little meaning relative to the sounds coming from this group. I can only say for those that enjoy great psych/pop, this group, and this record, are simply great!

Hail to the Clear Figurines, The Asteroid #4
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative
  • Released: Feb 08, 2011

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