Music of the psychedelic persuasion is quite a la mode at the moment, but The Asteroid No. 4 goes beyond the bong-smoke indebted sounds of the crop of rock bands that describe themselves as “hazy.” The word “mystical” is often bandied about in discussion of the Northern California-by-way-of Philadelphia group, and indeed their music does have an otherworldly dimension to it. The band’s latest studio effort, Asteroid No. 4, is no different in this respect.
Whether you listen to psychedelic music for its aesthetic merits or because you believe listening to it will give you access to the extraterrestrial realms Matthew McConaughey spent so much of True Detective talking about, Asteroid No. 4 should hit the right spot. The band here sounds both in line with many of their contemporaneous peers and undeniably vintage, particularly in the record’s warm, spacey production.
Asteroid No. 4 is out on September 23rd through Bad Vibrations.