The opening song on the Range of Light Wilderness' debut album plays like a mantra. "Magic Please" is a gentle plea for some unseen force to show its power — a tautly beautiful duet between band boss Thomas Frank McDonald and drummer Jessi Campbell. And the very next track, lo-fi pop nugget "Perfect," wouldn't sound out of place in a quiet corner of a Ty Segall-assisted album. While the entire 14-song self-titled set — which you can find streaming below — is basked in coastal light and California mysticism befitting its Big Sur birth, each track offers a distinctly different trip. With further assistance from bassist/vocalist Nick Aives, this trio explores a dozen-plus sides of psychedelic folk, from '60s-indebted jams to synth-assisted drifts. It's good stuff, and it's out officially on Gnome Life Records come June 24.
That label prides itself on handcrafted goodies, so peep the vinyl stats on your way out: "The Range of Light Wilderness LP boasts 140-gram, clear vinyl; full-color, high quality, matte jackets, and original sleeve artwork by Kyle Field (of Little Wings). The first pressing of 500 LPs is hand numbered." Get weird with the Range on the road via the dates below the album player.
The Range of Light Wilderness tour dates:
June 23 - Big Sur, CA @ Henry Miller Library
June 26 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Botanical Gardens
June 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Verdi Club
June 28 - Los Angles, CA @ Origami Records
June 29 - Ojai, CA @ Ojai Ranch Inn