The Sunshine Factory’s new EP, Sugar, is just the thing I have been looking for. I’ll admit it, I’ve been disenchanted with a good bit of my music lately. Sugar is a much-needed shot in the arm that must be cranked up loud to get the full heady, narcotic effect.
Blending 60’s psychedelia with early 90’s shoegaze, the band brews up a sound at once familiar and utterly new. The swampy heat of their Gulf Coast home sweats through on heavier tracks “Smile” and “Head Becomes the Tomb”. The EP swings from this chest-vibrating guitar fuzz to delicate, hazy anthems such as “My Bon Ami” and “Sugar Sister” on which Ian Taylor’s aching falsetto is layered on top of accordion, strings, and birdsong. To me, the Sunshine Factory’s new EP could be the soundtrack if Grace Slick and Elliot Smith had a psychedelic experience in a field of tall grass in late summer.
Sugar is scheduled for independent release on Dec. 14, 2010.