The Hoa Hoas

Rating: NNNNLocal psychedelic quartet the Hoa Hoa's have spent the last five years earning a solid reputation for their dreamy.


Rating: NNNN

Local psychedelic quartet the Hoa Hoa’s have spent the last five years earning a solid reputation for their dreamy blend of psych and shoegaze that’s interesting and authentic. On this follow-up to 2007’s Sonic Bloom, the band push their pop sensibilities to the foreground while preserving their penchant for hypnotic rhythms and washed-out noise.

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Opener Postcards conveys a gloomy foreboding that leads smoothly into the unsettling, single-worthy Grew Up On The Seeds. From the John Lydonesque Intensity to the tender come-down of Wasting Time, the Hoa Hoa’s excel at creepy, melodic, reverb- and delay-heavy guitar interplay. Songs like Flowers Are Free would fit perfectly onto a mix with the Psychic Ills and Serena Maneesh.

Top track: Flowers Are Free

The Hoa Hoa’s release their new CD at the Silver Dollar Friday (December 4).

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