When you think of the late, great Beachwood Sparks, you think of the rolling California waves captured perfectly in sound on Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue," not the deep, deep dub grooves of Aug
When you think of the late, great Beachwood Sparks, you think of the rolling California waves captured perfectly in sound on Dennis Wilson's "Pacific Ocean Blue," not the deep, deep dub grooves of Augustus Pablo's "East of the River Nile," right? Well, former Sparksman Dave Scher, with the help of ex-Radar Bro. Eddie Ruscha Jr. and some pals on the L.A.'s alt-canyon circuit, has since proven otherwise with the excellent side project Future Pigeon, creating some of the finest West Coast stoner dub this side of Sublime's "Second Hand Smoke."
The group's second album and debut on the Warner Bros.-funded "indie" Record Collection is some of the most fun you will have listening to new music this year, especially if you are neck deep in the riddim. Sure, the lyrics are a bit goofy at times, particularly when you get to tracks like the gratuitous ganja-themed anthem "The Mummy" and the Bob Marley send-up "Yuppy Conqueror." But if you listen to dub for the message, you might need to lay off that spliff.
The main selling point of "The Echodelic Sounds" is the musicality, a heady blend of Afro-beat horns, King Tubby-style psychedelia and "Sandanista!"-esque urgency guaranteed to light up any party. And when you have such cred-carrying deejays as Ranking Joe ("High Rolling"), Mikey Dread ("Wicked Version") and Ras Congo (Horace Andy's "Money Money") in the cut, all suggestions of Future Pigeon being anything less than the genuine article should dissipate like the thickest cloud of Trenchtown's dankest. -- Ron Hart