The Babe Rainbow - Double Rainbow (Hot Pink Vinyl)
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Babe Rainbow come from the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, in a town renowned for surf, festivals and good music, and a slightly alternative feel. Byron Bay. Well, a little further north at Golden Beach. They come loosely from the same staple as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and are similarly enamoured of the less murky side of 60's psychedelia. Their album, Double Rainbow epitomises the summer vibe with its mellifluous harmonies, second-gear beat architecture and bright acoustics. Double Rainbow has some influences from the 60's such as The Beatles and Grateful Dead, as you'll read elsewhere, but what it really reminded me of was J.J Cale’s Naturally. Listen to ‘Darby and Joan’ and tell me you don’t hear ‘Call Me the Breeze’. Not only the song structure but J.J Cale’s easy swagger and insouciance. Front porch therapy. Replete with tropical aromas, gentle breezes and cool temperament.
‘Eureka’ clamours successfully for that vibe as well, but ventures more into sunset party territory with accentuated wah-wah and a drummer riding the cymbals with free abandon. The album starts out with a song, 'The Magician', so assured, so beautifully written, it’s hard to believe these guys have been only hanging together for a year and a half. Probably longer as surfing mates if the truth be known.
If one criticism could be drawn from Double Rainbow, it would be that it rarely modulates itself above easy listening, although it seems almost churlish to say so, because the band's overall sound reflects the interest in the folkier elements of psych. Psyche more like it. The flamenco style acoustic ‘2nd of April’ is a little madrigal exemplifying that approach.