Full of sunny harmonies and catchy melodies, The Sunchymes evokes the hazy days when the Beach Boys and Beatles changed the landscape of rock music yet it retains contemporary appeal. The Sunchymes is a solo project by Aaron Hemmington which has received positive comments from the likes of Jeff Foskett and Nelson Bragg of Brian Wilson`s band. Influences include The Beatles, Beach Boys, The Byrds , Wondermints and Jellyfish. From the opening psychedeilic power pop of `Greenacre Lane` through to the Brian Wilson inspired `Your Smile` the album contains depth in its arrangements and is propelled by sunshine fuelled harmony. The powerpop of `Free Rider` evokes memories of the Beach Boys and Byrds circa 65/66 with its chiming 12 string and driving hammond organ. `Merry Go Ride` and the title track `Shifting Sands` sounds like the kind of Psychedelic Pop that Brian WIlson and Paul McCartney would have dreamt up if they had ever got together.
The jangly `Urban Skies` complete with its Left Banke style harpsichord phrases, Revolveresque guitar solo and catchy chorus joins `Greenacre Lane`, `Merry Go Ride` , `Free Rider` and `Feelin Just FIne` in the potential single category. The arrangements and chord progressions of `Your Smile`, `Down at Pallisades, `Hung up on a dream`, `Forever Changing` and `Rose Water` give a heavy nod to the kind of orchestral pop psychedelia exhibited by Pet Sounds/Smile era Beach Boys and the Beatles in their Abbey Road period.
"Leave it to an Englishman to craft an album full of California-inspired sunshine pop. Fans of Jellyfish and Wondermints will be drawn to its sunshine fuelled harmonies and intricate harpsichord arrangements - deserving of big props for getting the sound and spirit of The Beach Boys and Curt Boettcher late 60`s era right. `Greenacre Lane` features a candy colored melody and catchy chorus. `Free Rider` has a great jangly guitar sound that recalls the 60`s pop band The Yellow Balloon. The psychedelic pop of `Feeling Just Fine` and `Your Smile` are wonderful harmonic diversions. The songs are at once light-and-airy in their atmosphere, and masterfully complex in their construction......You are in for a real treat as enjoyable sunshine pop is a rare find nowadays." - Power Pop Acholic blog.
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