The Sunchymes return with their second album in which they expand on their vision of sun kissed 60's west coast pop fused with quirky English psychedelia.
Applying their trademark harmonies and catchy melodies, we see The Sunchymes paint on a musical canvas that encompasses influences such as The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Byrds, Early Pink Floyd , The Zombies and Jellyfish.
Combining guitars, harpsichords, strings and mellotrons interwoven with sunny harmonies, the album reflects the classic sounds of the 60's psychedelic pop era but also looks to the future of the genre.
'Aaron Hemington’s unique synthesis of Magical Mystery Tour era Beatles and Pet Sounds era Beach Boys forges new territory on this remarkably consistent hazy sunned psychedelic excursion. Harmonizing with himself mostly on the 4th, Hemnington creates a dreamy ambience that sucks you in, beginning with the steampunk “Revelations.” He sometimes seems like Mycroft to Brian Wilson’s Sherlock. ”Enchanted Girl” is very chamber rock with its synthesized harpsichord. ”Astronomical Clock” contains a dash of Four Seasons while “Uncle Albert’s Slide Show” inevitably recalls McCartney’s Uncle Albert, and XTC as well. ”On a Summer Ride” is pure west coast dreaminess. Four and a half stars.'
'After a good debut LP, Aaron Hemington has fulfilled his promise of making The Sunchymes album that marries the Wondermints/Curt Boettcher like arrangements to hook filled melodies. The intricate techniques of 60′s sunshine pop are on full display with “Revelations In Her Mind” and the solid hook in “Aquarius Summer” make it sweet ear candy. Most of the album fits stylistically within the genre of British psyche pop and 60′s California sound.
The west coast sounds on “Enchanted Girl” are kissed with harmonies along the lines of Cowsills or the Zombies. Then “Astronomical Clock” mixes Brian Wilson Pet Sounds with a swirling psychedelic mellotron. This playful ambience is also a big part of “Uncle Alfred’s Slide Show.” Fans of Magical Mystery Tour era Beatles will love “Your Disguise” and Beach Boys fans will enjoy “On A Summer Ride.” Most every track here impresses, and my next suggestion would be to expand his harmonious range, but this is pretty incredible and one of the year’s best retro flavored albums. 9/10' (www.powerpopaholic.com)
'A couple of years back, on constant rotation at my place was an album in thrall to The Beach Boys – rich in harmonies and stunning melodies. Now, The Sunchymes) are back with a second outing that’s just as strong as its predecessor.
A few moments into the opener, ‘Revelations In Her Mind’, and you’ll know what’s coming – West Coast sunshine-pop as the Wilsons played it but with additional twists and turns. This time around The Sunchymes have plainly been listening to a few British psych albums. For ‘Seargent Walker’ and ‘Uncle Alfred’s Slide Show’ have that sinister tweeness that characterises the best of the genre. They sound a little to me like lost ’80s mod band The Direct Hits, and that is a big compliment. ' (Ashley Norris writing in The Shindig Happening Magazine Blog)
'A kaleidoscopic pop masterwork which recalls "Sgt Peppers", "Pet Sounds" and early period Harry Nilsson, all tied together with magnificent choruses and Hemington's ornate multitracked harmonies.
Check out "Your Disguise" if you don't believe me. It's not all sixties worship though - "Uncle Alfred's Slide Show" proves that Hemington hasn't just stepped out of a time machine, being reminiscent of prime period XTC, only without the overwrought eighties production that makes those albums less of a pleasure to listen to now that we know better.
Highly recommended.' (active-listener.blogspot.co.uk)