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Stream: Mystic Braves’ new album Desert Island

on April 25, 2014, 2:00pm

One look at Los Angeles-based rock band Mystic Braves and you can almost guess their influences to a T. Donning vintage wardrobes, shaggy haircuts, and flower-child sensibilities, the’60s are still alive and well with this quintet. Their 2013 self-titled debut featured a confident brand of crunchy, sun-kissed rock. Now, they churn out more beach-ready retro rock jams with their sophomore full-length Desert Island, which is due out on April 29th. In anticipation, the album is streaming in full below.

On Desert Island, the California sun certainly colors the band’s music. “The West Coast has it all really—beaches, mountains, deserts, cities, suburbs,” says frontman Julian Ducatenzeiler in a statement, “Our sound is merely a byproduct of the environments we grew up in and the experiences we had. We’re not trying to deliberately channel ’60s music, either.” He continues, “we simply write sensible pop songs from the heart with psychedelic textures and tones. It just comes natural to us.”

Fortunately for Mystic Braves, they really are naturals at breezy garage rock. With the squiggly organs, triumphant guitars, and scratchy “oohs” nestled in its chorus, the aptly-titled opener “Bright Blue Day Haze” sets the tone for the following half hour of blissful throwback psychedelia. Other highlights include the dusty, bluesy stomp of “Coyote Blood”, the resounding guitars of the title track, and the surprise Latin-sounding horns on the “Valley Rat”.

In support of the album, the band will be touring across the U.S. with a stop in Toronto. Full dates are below.

Mystic Braves 2014 Tour Dates:
04/26 – Mecca, CA @ Desert Daze (Sunset Ranch Oasis)
04/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
04/30 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
05/02 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
05/03 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
05/05 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
05/06 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
05/07 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
05/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
05/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
05/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
05/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
05/14 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
05/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/16 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
05/17 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
05/18 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05/20 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
05/21 – Scottsdale, AZ @ The Western
05/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Gold Spike
05/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Container Park
05/24 – Pioneertown, CA @ Freaks for The Festival (Pappy & Harriet’s)