Ace of Cups (from the album Ace of Cups available on High Moon Records)
The world passes in the blink of an eye and yet time continues to wait until the right moment to open its door. Prior to their recent High Moon Records debut, Ace of Cups were ground-zero, card-carrying members of the Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) music scene of the 1960’s, taking their name from the Tarot card that shows an image of five streams of water flowing from one cup. The band appeared at legendary spots from Golden Gate Park to Winterland, and Ace of Cups seemed destined to follow peers Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and other SF-bands into rock’n’roll legend. All careers, however, are in direct result of one decision at a time and Ace of Cups never signed a record deal. Four of the original five band members come together for Ace of Cups, a long-awaited self-titled debut from females who influenced a historical music scene.
Sonically, the songs on the Ace of Cups debut find their way back to the musical environment of the band’s 1960 origins yet while the music stays true, the stories have followed the musicians through life. An immediacy grips “We Can’t Go Back Again”, the tale claims of the narrator confident and bold, foregoing any desperate pleas. Ace of Cups promises “Mama’s Love” on a Blues march, tenderly offers “Simplicity” against a backdrop of fractured guitar notes, and uses six-string jangle to envision “Fantasy 1 & 4”. Friends join Ace of Cups, Buffy Sainte-Marie helping to stir the swampy brew of melody in “Pepper in the Pot”, Bob Weir (solo, Grateful Dead) leading the tale of “The Well” as the band back the song with desert rhythms, and Taj Mahal calling out as four voices harmonically respond in “Life in Your Hands”. Ace of Cups plug into the generational power of rock’n’roll, strumming power chords to carve out a groove in “Feel Good” as the self-titled debut spins a carnival kaleidoscope melody to send out a love letter to “Pretty Boy” and lets the voices of the band create a choral magic in “Music”.
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