Do you enjoy melodic psychedelic pop songs with strong 60s/70s hooks that still somehow sounds brand new? Do you like The Beatles, Apples In Stereo, The Zombies, The Olivia Tremor Control, or The Beach Boys, circa 'SMiLE'? Then don't wait - just buy this album now. I promise you won't be disappointed.
For those who would like to know more, 'Death of the Sun' is perhaps the first psych-pop prog-rock opera of the Teens; or is it the last one of the Naughts? Whichever it may be, it is in a class by itself. The Stan Laurels (who are all just one very talented fellow named John Lathrop) tell the story of a sensitive guy who happens to meet an alien, this boy meets alien girl, falls in love, and they all live happily ever after. Or do they? Like any good story, there is so much more to it than can be written in a review.
Musically, your ears are in for a special treat: vocals, guitars, bass, drums, mellotrons, pianos, organs and synths paint all the colors for the stories told in each song. The vocals are delivered pure and melodic, with rich harmonies that would make Brian Wilson jealous. The guitar-bass-drum combo always drives things along nicely, with tight Beatlesque flavor. And I don't think Mellotron flutes have been used this well since the Zombies recorded 'Odyssey & Oracle' back in 1967. Underpinning it all are strong and complex prog-rock-spiced rhythmn arrangements, complete with tempo and time signature changes - a big drum sound that flows smoothly and beautifully as it carries you from song to song. If the musical jargon didn't mean much to you, your ears will tell you the truth: each one is a well-constructed little masterpiece.
So check out the snippets available, and then get onboard the baroque psych-pop prog-rock summer-of-love soul train with 'Death of the Sun' by The Stan Laurels. You'll wanna clap your hands purple...in a good way!