Sic Alps make music with their eyes on the past but their feet firmly in the present. Bits of psychedelia, folk, garage, punk and other fuh fairly well flow from their fingers, seamlessly worked together to render easy categorizations pointless. Over the course of numerous singles and albums on such fine labels as Siltbreeze, Mt St Mtn and Woodsist, Sic Alps’ Mike Donovan and Matt Hartman have carved themselves a snug niche filled with fuzz, crackle, vibes and most of all cracking tunes. Now they’re joined by kindred spirit Ty Segall, and the dynamic duo has become a true power trio.
Their first release as a three-piece is L. Mansion, a swinging little folk/beat tune that is totally timeless/out of time in the way of Sic Alps’ best songs. As straightforwardly “pop” as anything they’ve done, and a totally effective summertime single. On the flip we get a banging cover of Donovan’s ode to puff — “Superlungs.” Wild and thumping, Matt and Mike have definitely taken the Sunshine Superman on a little side trip to Detroit rock city. Two great sides of Sic Alps then, and another genre-busting addition to their excellent discography.
Tracklist: L. Mansion / Superlungs (My Super Girl)
Slumberland Records SLR104