From the foot-tapping opener “Slow” that contains a full-on blast of Hammond and a tiny bit of reverb to the swaying King Gizzard-like closer “Over & Doubt,” Australia’s own Baked Beans take you for a solid psych ride on their debut LP, Babble.
Baked Beans’ strength is their determination to hang the tempo in the middle. Most songs stay within this range as the track average almost is 4 minutes. That lets everyone do their thing with each song be it a quick guitar turn, Hammond run or just pound out a beat behind the haze.
Most tracks have vocals that are somewhat hidden in the mix which I like because it gives Babble its retro vibe and modern flair all in one.
Baked Beans is another can’t-miss band from the surging Australian psych scene so if you have been a fan of other Flightless Records acts, Babble will be right in your wheelhouse.
Baked Beans are currently on tour promoting Babble. Dates and venues are:
19 October: Melbourne, VIC at “a Secret Collingwood Location”
20 October: Sydney, NSW at The Lady Hampshire
21 October: Wollongong, NSW at the North Wollongong Hotel
9 November: Geelong, VIC at the Barwon Club Hotel
17 November: Carlton, VIC at The Curtin
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