[Album Review] Radiation Flowers- Summer Loops
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Release Date: July 7, 2017
Label: Cardinal Fuzz

Radiation Flowers wisely focus on their strengths rather than wander. So what you get with Summer Loops is more of a very good thing; a sun-soaked, peyote-spiked, psychedelic mind fuck.

Not that they’re a stoner band, although they come close to it at times. Their music does tend to drone with guitar noise, but it’s not quite metal. It’s not sludge. It is, in fact, more aligned with the folksy tradition that goes right back to the hippies. This alignment is reinforced by Shelby Gaudet’s sweet, clear voice that is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, especially on the closing ballad “Walking Reprise”.

That last track is the only one where the vocals are front and centre. Elsewhere it’s a desert landscape where the winds of guitar distortion howl constantly and Gaudet’s ghostly voice comes and goes like a playful mirage on the sand.