Rose City Band: Summerlong (2020)
This latter-day psychedelic gem came out earlier this year, and it's a lifesaver (not to mention one of my favorite releases of the year). Like the self-titled debut from last year, it's gentle, cosmic Americana, twangy guitars that carry you from lethargic introspection to hilltop bar-band boogie. Stylistically, it's reminiscent of Beachwood Sparks (though a little less country and a little more spaced-out exploration) and like-minded pastoral revivalists Kingsbury Manx, with a healthy dose of Workingman's Dead thrown in. Hard to believe it emanates from the same singer-guitarist (Ripley Johnson) as the blast-force electric drones of Wooden Shjips.
Opener "Only Lonely" is pure Americana twang, melodic and folky, while "Empty Bottles" and "Floating Out" offer gentle psychedelic jams (sounding a bit like Luna). They liven things up a bit on songs like "Real Long Gone" (an upbeat road-trip ready stomp with a visit to the Dead's "Cumberland Blues") and the blues riffage of "Reno Shuffle." But it's all ideal for conjuring up some much-needed late summer sunshine.
Go pick it up at Bandcamp.
Here's a fan-made video for "Only Lonely":