Sunbeam Sound Machine’s “Wonderer” is the stuff Egyptian God’s dreamsÂ are made of. Nick Sowersby, the man behind the mask of Sunbeam Sound Machine,Â offers pure landscapes of melting mandalas and coral sky scenery. âWondererâ is a misty psychedelic record with pop sensibility and just the right amount of lo-fi to keep it warm & intimate sounding. I was reminded of a much more sun-drenched Moby meets Incredible Moses Leroy meets dare I compare the dazzle of âPet Sounds.â Iâm not comparing Sowersby to Moby vocally, but more or less from a production standpoint with the implementation of thatÂ spellbinding repetitiveÂ technique. Thereâs also a very slight lure of playfulness reminiscent to the spirit Incredible Moses Leroyâs âFuzzyâ brought out into the underground pop/indie music in 2001. Then there was my juxtaposition of saying âWondererâ had that mmmph factor similar to that first time I laid ears on âPet Soundsâ not necessarily from a sound check perspective but from an overall feel stand point, which kind of left me in a calm awe when I first streamed the entire album. There are some psych-Monstars involved with the release of this album that includeÂ Stu MackenzieÂ (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard) for mixing and acclaimed Australian ProducerÂ Andrei EreminÂ (Chet Faker, Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee) so it’s easy to blend the sounds into the lump of all that is the psychedelic rebirth of the 2010s.Â
I could go on and tell you about the wet reverb intro into the booming good ju-ju vibes of âWandering, Iâ or I could go on telling you about my favorite track, âDaibutsuâ and its reggaeish bass line walled in by overdriven slight tape echo gleamingÂ left to right panned guitar sorcery or I could go on telling you about the flutter of a symphony that drops in âReal Lifeâ or you could conclude on of the the longest sentences you may have ever read and go check the whole album out in its entirety Through Sunbeam Sound Machineâs Bandcamp page way down below.
I scratched my head thinking how could this albumÂ not be offered on colored vinyl, for a psych record. Then I dug deep and stepped into the past me who was always tapped into my third eye with the aid of doja. The answer I got from my past self was that this didnât have to be on colored vinyl. The color was all spread out across the album in the music man. *Holds Double Handed Peace Signs*
Keep tabs on Sowerbyâs Sunbeam Sound Machine, something tells me his ambitions are parallel with his genius.
On behalf of SlyVinyl & our readers special thanks to Nick for coming through with the pressing info, keep trippin’.
Check out the triptastic video below by Tobias Willis.
Album ArtÂ byÂ Jason Galea
*Please note Australia is known for the highest postal international rates world wide, not just with records but with everything, even a box of chocolates, put yourselves in the shoes of an international record collector when they have to purchase from the U.S.! I too wishÂ every record label that doesn’t exist in the U.S. already could somehow move it’s land and collide it into the Gulf and magically become a U.S. territory where we could all enjoy 3.50 Media Mail domestic rates but the new world order has yet to make that a realitiy! đ
Press Release Nov, 21, 2014
Sunbeam Sound Machine releases debut LP âWondererâ today via Dot Dash / Remote Control. Sunbeam Sound Machine is the brainchild of talented Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Nick Sowersby who writes and records in the sanctity of his garage in Collingwood, Australia.
The album is FBi Radioâs Album Of The Week next week & was featured on The Music as their Album of The Week
The album was written, recorded and produced by Nick in his Collingwood home. He has enlisted the incredible musical brain of Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard) to mix the record and talented Melbourne based producer, Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Oscar Key Sung, Banoffee) to master the album.
1. Life On Earth 03:13
2. Wandering, I 02:59
3. Real Life 02:57 video
4. In Your Arms 04:39
5. Goodbye Vrations 01:15
6. Fever Dream 05:02
7. Daibutsu 02:24
8. Zeds 01:51
9. Infinity + 1 03:19
10. Somehow 02:37
11. A Brief Attempt At Explaining The Sky 01:39â¨
12. Autumnal 03:17â¨
13. Sailing Away 05:28
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive