Release Date: Jun 14, 2019
Record label: New West
Genre(s): R&B, Retro-Soul, Psychedelic Soul
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.
The lead single for this debut album is "Simplify," but there's another title that best sums up this vast and varied outing from the fast-rising Austin quintet: "(Everything but) the Kitchen Sink. " Los Coast built a reputation as a thrilling live band that can be hard to peg musically, and true to form, from the bone-rattling psych rock of "Monsters" to the sun-kissed synth-funk of "Graves" and progressive folk of "Chesapeake," they chuck it all into the basin on Samsara. Frontman Trey Privott reveals his Southern Baptist roots by going full-preacher mode on gospel shakedown "Masquerade" and delivers scattershot rhymes (more Anthony Kiedis than Kendrick Lamar) on the aforementioned "Kitchen Sink.