Several months back, a few of us were standing in the back room of Brooklyn’s Death By Audio waiting for rising psych-pop prodigy Jacco Gardner to take the stage. As we drank lukewarm Modelos, Trouble in Mind Records’ Bill Roe was passionately rapping about this new album his label was putting out. It was made in a day, or maybe two, he said. By one guy, who played all the instruments (aside from the harp)…including brass, woodwinds. He wasn’t even sure if the guy could play all of these instruments prior to making the album. But they all sounded expertly played.
What Bill was so passionately sharing with us that evening were the early reports of bedroom pop genius Frank Maston’s debut LP, Shadows. Taking queues from studio autéurs like Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Harry Nilsson and the lot, Maston instantly transports us to the sunny days of ’60s California with this masterfully crafted album. It’s abundantly clear why Bill was so excited on that cold winter night all those months ago.
Aside from the album, film director David Eden Bowers has created a video to go along with the album track “Flutter,” and it just might be one of my favorite music videos of all time. Watch it below and purchase Shadows from Trouble In Mind.