Release Date: Sep 18, 2015
Record label: Circle Star
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
As if the name Mild High Club isn't a clear enough indication of this band's motives, their debut album's artwork includes a symbol combining a marijuana leaf with an airplane. It's not hard to guess what's in store; appropriately enough, the album consists of mellow psychedelic pop filled with pleasantly dazed vocals, languid tempos, gentle guitar licks, and soft, atmospheric keyboards. The word "Mild" is key here; this isn't some over-the-top hallucinatory experience in the vein of the Flaming Lips.
In 2009, the funk maestro Dâm-Funk released Toeachizown on Stones Throw, reinventing his career, and delivering a kick in the ass to a storied label that had floundered after the death of J Dilla in 2006. He also released an odd, anomalous single in the same year, "It's My Life," on the brand new label, Circle Star Records. Six years later, Circle Star has returned and it's become easier to understand why it exists.