Liz Cooper and the Stampede (from the album Window Flowers available on Sleepyhead Records)
The term psychedelic has been hijacked, suggesting music created through a hallucinogenic haze, giving the impression that the style was no more than people taking drugs to make music for people to listen to while taking drugs. Psychedelia was a name given the musical hybrids that shifted styles in the 1960’s, reflecting the soundtrack to a time when Blues, Jazz, Rock’n’Roll, Folk, and Country sat at the same table to map out a sound. Liz Cooper and the Stampede use the word, and the traditions of psychedelia, correctly on the debut release, Window Flowers. The soundscapes change in the songs, curving and curling like kaleidoscopic colors, comfortably claiming Folk plucked guitar strings to paint “Walls of White”, forming rounded electric notes and beats to create “Motion”, and climbing “Mountain Men” on layers of finger-picking and effervescent drumming.
Window Flowers nudges the album awake with opener “Sleepyhead”, the sonics rising up on a still-dreaming melody as Liz Cooper stands waiting with advice for the coming day. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Liz Cooper and the Stampede used hometown studio Welcome to 1979 to record, a time that Liz remembers as ‘our first time working with an outside producer and our first time in a proper recording studio was when we recorded Window Flowers. TJ Elias’ (co-producer) mad scientist ideas, an abundance of hot dogs, and lack of sunlight pushed us outside of our comfort zones to work more cohesively as a unit than we ever had before’. The dancing that Liz Cooper and the Stampede reference in “The Night” steps to meandering rhythms and shapeshifting sounds while a touch of Jazz tickles the memories of “Fondly and Forever”. Window Flowers fuels up on Indie Rock rattle heading into “Outer Space” and trips over percussive psychedelics with “Dalai Lama” as Liz Cooper and the Stampede open “Kaleidoscopic Eyes” on an ever-revolving groove and shout out “Hey Man” on a new-wave washed rhythm.
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