The Occasion





We all know that Charlie Manson got bonkers to the Beatles' White Album out in Death Valley at the Barker Ranch with the "family". Where Charlie got all "Helter Skelter" paranoid, he could have equally blissed himself into a nice dayjob had he picked up The Occasion's latest. The desert picture on the cover brings you to a locale far from mankind, a solitary journey with a sparse soundtrack for you to collect your thoughts. Leaving the heavy stuff [if you can call it that] for tracks like "I Can't Stop Falling" and "The Deserter", it's the sands falling through your fingers feeling of "Ease Away" and the standout "A Dulcimer's Fancy" where the five piece from New York shine. Harkening back to Pink Floyd Meddle-era vibes [who uses a dulcimer?], they use well placed basslines, janglely organ, loops, guitars and tasteful drums to create a mood perfect for just chillin, or maybe a Victoria Secret commercial. Hey, if Dylan can do it? What the US lacks is good chill out music like they have in the UK. Sometimes called "spliff" music, it's the tunes you play as you're coming down from a night of exess. Pop it on, channel Charlie, and tell him to leave "Squeaky" and the gang behind for a new revolution.

The Occasion
Say Hey Records

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