Couch Jackets — “Go to Bed”
Shindig Rating: 9.0
Released: July 27, 2018
Is it possible to see visions when you listen to music? Perhaps it happens when you listen to Pink Floyd, or records from the psych-era Beatles or Beach Boys, or anything from Tame Impala or The Flaming Lips. Well, the same can be said for “Go to Bed,” latest release from psych-punk-pop rockers Couch Jackets.
The band takes us on a sonic journey throughout “Go to Bed,” an album that features loads of trippy, thoughtful and experimental musical textures, and really groovy vocals — as if it were right out of the Brian Wilson playbook.
The album begins with the short, melancholy acoustic number, Sideways Chicken and then segues into the dreamy Pillos N Rillos — a tune presumably about a man plotting his revenge on someone who has wronged him.
Pillos N Rillos seems to set the tone for the record, because the rest of “Go to Bed” feels like a majestic, infectious trip that, while creating a cool, sonic experience audibly, it almost creates a visual experience, too. It would be neat to hear this record with a Floyd-like light show serving as a background.
But it’s not just about the psychedelia. Couch Jackets are gifted, diverse writers and do a nice job of blending their psych/art rock-laden tendencies with their accessible pop sensibilities.
This is noted in tunes like the witty Kathy Was All Woman, the super duper cool Elephant Tusk (Helluva Mask), and my personal favorite Don’t Think Just Breathe.
“Go to Bed” checks a lot off of my list in what I want from a record. It’s a joy to listen to (and I’ve listened to it a lot since it came out). It has well-crafted songs that stick around (pleasantly) in your head for days, and it’s something you will want to proudly talk about with your friends. In short, “Go to Bed” is just super wicked and groovy and you should be listening to it.