With the psychedelic incantation of their Stereo 45, “Your Psyche Is Showing,” the Atlanta-based Generous Gods announce a hallucinatory, hook-laden musical vision for the new counter culture. Led by enigmatic frontman and songwriter, Gray Griggs, Generous Gods traverse numerous aural landscapes. Drawing on the fuzzed-out psychedelia of The Chocolate Watchband, the incandescent horn sections of golden-era Stax recordings, and the early southern gothic mojo of The Rolling Stones, Generous Gods encapsulate the grit and experimentation of 60s psychedelic rock, reaching back to the mercurial and allegorical songwriting of Bob Dylan, and ushering in a shimmering, eclectic sound for a new era.
“Your Psyche Is Showing” evokes the vast and arid landscape of the California desert, a key geographical inspiration for the music. Using vintage recording techniques and sundry instruments that summon the sounds of the “Summer of Love,” Griggs’s mystic soul guitar riffs and sharp-witted lyrics meld seamlessly with the entrancing organ lines and kaleidoscopic sitar strums.
An antidote to plastic pop and a hypnotic odyssey for the sonically adventurous, Generous Gods’ latest release showcases the thrilling eclecticism of these southern psychedelic explorers and glistens with a lush and serpentine beauty.