west coast pop art experimental band
the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band are exactly what their name implies. They came out of Los Angeles, had pure pop songs (not unlike the Byrds or Kinks), but were also more than willing to engage in the psychedelia and experimentation of the late 60s scene, often in the same song (they even cover Zappa's "Help I'm a Rock"). Over the length of their amazing first record they also tackled covering the Van Dyke Parks tune "High Coin" which was originally performed by sunshine-pop outfit Harper's Bizarre. Around this time VDP co-wrote the outstanding and finally fully commercially available SMiLE sessions with Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
Imagine members of the Byrds, Love and Buffalo Springfield high as a kite and let loose in the studio to satisfy their every musical whim, no matter how weird or juvenile. Other than the likes of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, few, if any bands could match the unpredictability in sound of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Loads of very pretty folk songs, stunning pop tunes and melodic rockers; their take on ‘60s psychedelia is at once innocent and concise.
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West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Shifting Sands
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Leiyla
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - High Coin
West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Transparent Day