Ah, Sunday Morning Music: that is what this column is, at its core, all about. RealSunday Morning Music, rife with minor chords, wistful melodies and introspective, melancholy lyrics, doesn’t come along every week, but this week: jackpot! Please watch and listen to “Garden of Delight” from the solo debut of Cory Hanson — vocalist/guitarist of LA-based psychedelic trio, Wand — and get your bittersweet nostalgia fix for the week ahead!
Shot on 8mm for extra-added visual power of transportation to the past, “Garden of Delight” sets the Wayback Machine for a stroll through a landscape of vibrant hibiscus and bougainvillea — two flowering plants that were all over the southern California neighborhood I grew up in — and rolling green hills. Cory’s sublime vocals are a perfect blend of Morrissey and Lloyd Cole that float on top of a gentle acoustic strumming that gives way to lush, Beatle-esque strings. Lyrically, the message of a romantic relationship that maybe didn’t work out quite the way one might have hoped is sufficiently muted as to allow for imaginative extrapolation, providing a terrific opportunity for emotional catharsis.
“Garden of Delight” is the latest single from The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo, released in December of 2016. Enjoy!
I’m always endlessly delighted when I can find an animated clip for the week’s featured video, because it reminds me fondly of watching my favorite cartoons on weekend mornings as a child (though I admit that this mostly took place on Saturdays). Nostalgia! This week’s video, “Sleepy Dog” is the masterstroke of a band called Wand. Directed by Meghan Tryon and Garrett Davis, the visual odyssey of this adorable little black dog comes on like a reined-in version of a monochromatic R. Crumb-induced hallucination. And since we already know that the dog is sleepy, it is pleasing to imagine that his many otherworldly adventures — which include a visit to an art museum — are, in fact, just a fever dream of sorts. There are also enough creepy, nightmare moments to make this choice appropriate for Halloween, which is just a few days off at this point. Nice.
Aurally, “Sleepy Dog” pays homage to the very best of ’60s garage rock psychedelia. Nothing more need be said. “Sleepy Dog” comes to us from Wand’s latest album, 1000 Days, which was released on September 25th, 2015Dragcity Records.