The Interest Group have created a sugary ice-pop of capital-p Paisley Psych on their first self-titled, self-released EP. The Philadelphia group wrangles a varied blend of flavors and microgenres, spanning several distinct eras of psych pop. They’ve inherited the arrangements of Phil Spector-era girl groups and drizzled them with syrupy Pastels melodicism, Zombies’ harmonies, and the heavily delayed guitar haze of Spacemen 3.
Beyond the concept of their sound are a number of satisfyingly hand-crafted moments scattered through the EP: the point when the ambient cumulus cloud of the opening track bursts into a fuzzy, tin can guitar solo, when Yoshuke Araki’s gravelly croon punctuates the beginning of Grab a Hold with conversational “Well,” or in Locked On where Marissa Lesnick’s voice lurches in an unmistakably digital loop, an effect which sharply distinguishes them from their nostalgic influences. Araki and Lesnick trade songs back and forth through the EP, often accompanying each other with a choral purity. The chilly, space-cadet guitar work, smatters against these high-energy, dulcet harmonies, creating an interesting polarity between the two parts. The EP occurs at the point in which the two meet; it’s like a cold beer in the shower, a dusting of Goldbaum powder to the groin, or watching an egg fry on the sidewalk from the window of your centrally cooled apartment.