At long last, we've got the vinyl edition of San Diego goth/psych/garage pop act Tropical Popsicle's debut LP Dawn of Delight in our hands. After releasing the both the "Beach With No Footprints" and "Ghost Beacons" 7"s, as well as a couple of digital EPs floating around in the internet-ether, most of those tracks have been gathered to comprise this here long-player. You can order limited green vinyl for $14 at our online store, and the first fifty orders will receive free copies of the "Ghost Beacons" 7", which includes the otherwise-unavailable track "Skulls in the Stars." Stream the entire LP below via both Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
From their PR bio:
Somewhere in the shadows beneath a consummate sun-drenched pace of life lies hidden occult fantasies that keep you up at night, wherein Tropical Popsicle beckons you into their veiled world. Take the jangly melodies of 60’s garage jams and surf rock inspired by Southern California beaches and cast a psychedelic gloom across the whole coastline; Tropical Popsicle brings the doleful feel of the end of summer, over and over again.
After years playing in straight forward pop bands like the Stereotypes and Lights On, Tim Hines has ventured into his latest solo project, Trop Pop. While still grounded in smart, pop sensibility, Hines’ new sound is layered with complexity and cryptic vagueness.
Tim Hines developed Trop Pop from a solo project to a full band with the edition of three members, Kyle Whatley (guitar, organ, backing vox), Chase Elliott (bass and synths), and Ryan Hand (drums & rattles). Together, they’ve taken what Hines began on the 7" to new realms with The Age of Attraction EP, exemplified by the title track “The Age of Attraction,” a beautiful, hazy gem, tinged with melancholy and infused with timeless hooks that linger for days, as well as the "Beach With No Footprints" and "Ghost Beacons" 7"s.
Their live set oozes ambiance. Tropical Popsicle has opened for peers King Tuff, White Fence, Crystal Antlers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Iceage and Times New Viking. Garnering critical acclaim from tastemaking blogs combined with a continuum of emerging tracks online only add to the intrigue surrounding the band, coaxing fans to return for more.
TROPICAL POPSICLE - "GHOST BEACONS" from MOON ROOM on Vimeo.
REVIEWS:The Sound of Confusion: “This debut album from Tropical Popsicle is absolutely, brain-soothingly, ear-tinglingly fabulous.”
Lo-Pie: “The sounds on Dawn of Delight are characterized by rhythms that are pulsing, throbbing and metronomic...a wonderful record [that] has a pop sensibility and covers a wide variety of moods.”
When You Motor Away: “Dawn of Delight is one of the best ‘out of nowhere’ records I've encountered in years...a true delight - as light and airy in places as the sunniest bit of psychedelic pop ever made, and as heavy in places as, say, the Ramones or Jesus & Mary Chain.”
SD CityBeat: “Specializing in trippy, synth-infused psych-rock, they strike a fine line between pop and gloom with their grimy production quality, fierce live shows and quirky sense of humor.”
17 Seconds: “Basically, if Echo and the Bunnymen were The Doors fronted by Scott Walker, then Tropical Popsicle are…I’m still trying to get an exact handle on this, because from the opening moment of ‘Always Awake In Shadows’ this is an album that delights and surprises as you try to piece individual shands together.”
The Orange Press: “here they wear their influences on their sleeve, and the album is all the more thrilling for it.”
Drowned in Sound: “Fusing West Coast psychedelia with feedback, reverb and all kinds of affluent droning sounds, their Dawn Of Delight long player is one of the finest 2013 has bestowed upon us thus far.”
One Blade Magazine: “Dawn of Delight feels like a warm fire inside a
cold cave, an enormously listenable album with superior continuity.”
Transworld Surf: “Dawn of Delight is a brilliant debut album packed with songs that seamlessly mix dark-wave synth with jangly classic California pop-rock--utterly enjoyable and totally addictive.”