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Ace of Cups (from the album Extended Play EP available on High Moon Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Ace of Cups took a set break for 50 years. Part of the Haight Asbury canon, this all-female quintet kicked around the psychedelic circuit in the late sixties before calling it quits, never documenting their sound via LP. Somewhere in the aughts they came back together, recently dropping the Extended Play EP, its jangly and rootsy sound as well as lyrical messages an apt addition to the Indie Roots movement of 2022.
Retro and modern, it’s a sound as fresh as tomorrow that also tosses about some throwback song structures and themes. Old and new sounds from Ace of Cups, a band that you’d have no idea existed during the Summer of Love.
“You Don’t Understand” is a Psychedelic Pop opener loaded with jangly guitars. “Baby Come Home” is classic Folk, with acoustic veteran David Grisman dropping crystal clear mandolin fills, while “Yellow Petal Flower” provides dreamy angelic harmonies. The last two cuts on Extended Play E.P. aren’t hippie Folk or Psychedelic Rock but playful, animated acoustic, Lounge Jazz. “Sleeping Alone” is a parlor singalong, “Reunion” with its ‘shoo-doo-wop’ background vocals is 50’s -inspired R&B. Ace of Cups is a band with a Haight-Ashbury history but musically they don’t’ psychedelic meander or jam. Instead, Ace of Cups experiment with the early days of Rock and Pop, Extended Play E.P. keeping up with the Rock traditions of honoring the past and experimenting with the future. (by Bryant Liggett)
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