The Asteroid #4: An Amazing Dream (2008)
While Amazing Dream has plenty of headphone-friendly rocket ships into deep space, it's also got a bit more of a retro-60s, Paisley Underground pop vibe which makes it particularly enjoyable -- shades of Rain Parade and Opal/Mazzy Star, not to mention Spiritualized. Hell, it's downright jangly in spots, but without losing that psychedelic drony edge that pervades their catalog. Opener "Take Me Down" kicks off with some buzzy noodling before sliding into some a catchy groove, almost like the Stone Roses, while "Here We Go" is upbeat, infectious, joyful Rain Parade-like retro-garage music. "Ask Me About Pittsburgh" and "To Be In Your Eyes" are likewise deliriously chipper tunes, almost Britpop but with that trippy undercurrent; and "Shoot Out The Stars" is all Mazzy Star-like haziness.
Pretty fantastic from start to finish, whether you want to zone out with some headphones or crank it up and relish the psyche-pop hooks. Buy it at Bandcamp.
Here's an audio rip of "Here We Go":