The debut long-player from the eclectic Austin-based combo, Samsara delivers a rich and hip-shaking amalgam of pop, soul, R&B, funk, gospel, and psychedelic rock. An assured effort, especially for an inaugural release, the 13-track set bristles with intent, yet plays with its quarry like a bored house cat. "Monsters," which evokes the Heavy's "How You Like Me Now" by way of the Fixx's "One Thing Leads to Another," makes for a bold and brawny opener and segues nicely into the like-minded lead single "Testify." Both cuts make a strong case for Los Coast's reputation as a voltaic live band, and allow frontman Trey Pivott, who sounds like an amalgam of Cee Lo Green, Wilson Pickett, and Mystikal, to channel his Southern Baptist upbringing.
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