The Quiet Vibration Land

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Drop into the middle of any track on Oranger's The Quiet Vibration Land and it's immediately apparent that the San Francisco quartet has been taking notes from the best in ‘60s psychedelic pop. At times, its quirks spark visions of They Might Be Giants on acid, but for the most part, its nods are straightforward. Oranger's previous recording, Doorway to Norway, included the cleverly titled "Mike Love, Not War." The Quiet Vibration Land (a title lifted form lyrics to the Who's Tommy) draws heavily from Mike Love and the rest of the Beach Boys, as it surfs through intelligent harmonies and waves of kaleidoscopic guitars. Adding doses of sitar, glockenspiel, and tape loops, Oranger gives peace a chance with such calming tracks as "Straight Love" and "Lay Down Your Head, Child." But even when they're quiet, these vibrations are good.

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