Image by Daniele Young taken from the Afternoon Naps MySpace
Welcome to day three of psych pop week here at the Finest Kiss. No we won’t be going down memory lane talking about bands like the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Love, Left Bank, the Elephant 6 Collective, or Witch Hazel. Instead we’ll be covering some new records that dip their feet into the psychedelic ink jar.
Day three takes us to Cleveland, Ohio and the Afternoon Naps. Their second album is called Parade, and has just been released by Happy Happy Birthday to Me on limited edition CD and LP (their 2007 album Sunbeam was self-released). You may not equate Northeast Ohio with psychedelic pop, but there is some precedence in bands like Youngstown’s Human Beinz and the afore mentioned Witch Hazel who were from Kent. Parade is a study in sublime pastoral sunbeams, and just the thing to help you get through the gray cloudy days of winter. It’s bright pop hooks and production are along the same lines of the Essex Green and Ladybug Transistor. In the indiepop universe studies have shown that listening to the Afternoon Naps is more effective than light treatment in treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, so go ahead put it on an brighten not only your day but your outlook on life.