GROOP – “Highway Jam”

This album has definitely been bubbling below the surface for some time. The L.A. psych collective GROOP has been letting out a few singles over the past year, but this is the first hint at something bigger for the band. Featuring members of Hooveriii and ex members of Frankie & The Witch Fingers, the band deals in longform psychedelic shred with a propulsive heart beating beneath the surface of its solar flare singe. The band lets the lid off of an upcoming eponymous album with the 16+ minute opener “Highway Jam.” The song uses every second of its extended runtime, working through synth squall, sax splat, and string wrangling that give a pretty good indication of what the listener might find once they get sucked into the wormhole of wonders on the band’s debut. The double LP lands April 29th from Mock Records.

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