Push the "late 60's/early 70's" button on your Wayback Machine, don that fringe suede jacket, light the patchouli incense and then close your eyes. Now you're ready for Gentle Stream, the lovingly retro new album from Swedish band The Amazing that British music bible Q hailed as “a gorgeously understated blend of gentle psychedelic pop, tranquil folk rock and gently stoned prog.” Released in Europe last year and finally washing up on American shores this week, this is the kind of music where a track named "When The Colours Change" just might not be about the fall leaves. Songwriter and vocalist Christoffer Gunrup and guitarist Reine Fiske lead The Amazing through extended Laurel Canyon folk/rock jams, the kind of gorgeous phantasmagorical flights of CSN+Y fancy fueled by chiming guitar riffs, Phil-Lesh-styled bass runs and jazzy drum workouts. The wonderfully titled "International Hair" pretty much sums up all that's floating in The Amazing's bongwater, a sunny-side up slice of astral sublimity that makes you pinch yourself even as the Wayback Machine heads into overdrive.
The Amazing - "International Hair" (from the album Gentle Stream)
The Amazing - "Gentle Stream" (from the album Gentle Stream)