The Asteroid No. 4

Apple Street

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The actual title of this EP -- "The Asteroid Number Four in Apple Street, a classic tale of love and hate" -- provides your first clue as to how to approach this, veering dramatically and stylistically away from the droning space pop/psychedelia of their debut, Introducing, to combine additional elements of acoustic guitar and tambourine Brit folk, manic harp blues ("Local Fashion Junky") and fuzzy garage rock (which may remind some of recordings by Brian Jonestown Massacre or Better Can't Make Your Life Better-era Lilys). The addition of flute, trumpet, and obscure percussion occasionally provides a '60s-sounding Middle Eastern trippiness as well. The Four are produced this time out by Lilys frontman Kurt Heasley, who guides Scott Vitt and the rest of these natives of Philadelphia (or "Psychadelphia") toward Lily-esque mod-pop (think early Who/Kinks/Small Faces territory) without diverting them from their own pre-destined sound. Highlights include the title track (with its burbling Beatlesque basslines) and the Kinks-ian "Local Fashion Junky." An untitled, uncredited bonus track (one minute of space guitar) appears one minute after the end of the last track.

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