Allah Las – Worship the Sun
By Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Finally, finally. Another cog has fallen into the psyche music machine that’s been sweeping through the end of summer, and it’s surf soaked revivalist rockers Allah-Las [link] this time that have me excited. The follow-up to their splendidly sixties drenched 2012 self titled debut is dubbed Worship the Sun, out 9/16 via Innovative Leisure. I love a good jaunt back in time, don’t you?
(Most) of the members of Allah-Las met while working at the Los Angeles branch of the historic Amoeba Records. It’s almost too hip – but still a dreamy fable that fits the folklore of the band nicely. Together they refined a cohesive old school sound, boasting elements of West Coast garage rock, vintage summer sensibility and a smattering of Latin percussion and folk. Keeping on the same track as their debut, Worship the Sun focuses on a continued honing of what makes the Allah-las exceptional. The amiably pensive lyrics and hazy vocals pair easily with jangly guitars and subtle percussion. They even throw in a Sun-dappled instrumental ode (Ferus Gallery) that’s prototypical of the era the Allah-Las hearken back to. The usual influences are all there, The Byrds, The Zombies, Felt – and though they’re not breaking any barriers, sometimes a solid, textural homage is all you need.
It’s difficult to isolate an effort from the kitschy, middling garage rock that’s been making the rounds as of late. But when it’s done right, it’s evident. Here’s why I like it: These guys take up a mantle and handle it deftly, creating a sound that balloons and ripples through time, where so many others have clumsily constructed a half-hearted attempt at legitimacy. Admittedly Worship the Sun won’t fit the bill for every occasion, but its’ gloriously golden sound is there when you need it. It’s good. Give it a listen.
Worship the Sun Tracklist: 01. De Vida Voz 02. Had It All 03. Artifact 04. Ferus Gallery 05. Recurring 06. Nothing to Hide 07. Buffalo Nickel 08. Follow You Down 09. 501-415 10. Yemeni Jade 11. Worship the Sun 12. Better Than Mine 13. No Werewolf * 14. Every Girl *
* = Included on digital and CD only