THE HOA HOA’S Sonic Bloom (Optical Sounds) Rating: NNNN
The first thing you should know about this local neo-psych four-piece is that their name is pronounced "wah-wahs." Sonic Bloom, their second LP, is definitely a step up from their textured 2005 debut, Flower Flowers.
Still building off their 60s Manchester/Liverpool garage-wash base, the Hoa Hoa's pay more attention to writing solid hooks like the Vines-ish guitar riff on Going Down, the up-tempo Landing On The Moon and the melodic, Brian Jonestown-inspired Lazy And High.
If you're a fan of trippy soundscapes that sometimes blossom into euphoric moments, be sure to check the disc's standout middle track, Out Of This World Man 3.
The Hoa Hoa's freak out Sneaky Dee's tonight (Thursday, August 7).