“Instead of going to heaven, they went to Jacksonville.” - Lyle Lovett
Jacksonville, FL is the last place one would expect to find a first-rate psychedelic pop band. But sure enough, the duo known as Sunbears! are out to buck the stereotype of the North Florida city. On their full-length debut album Love is Everywhere, the band churns out a top-notch, fully absorbing master work that towers above its contemporaries. Whether it’s the buoyant pop gem “Give Love a Try,” or the delicate and tender, “Together Forever,” there’s something potent and fully absorbing about every passing second. Songs like the swirly and ambient “Psychic Numbing is Evil,” and the symphonic and towering “Strung Out! On My Own!,” are veritable proof that Sunbears are indeed something truly special. Much like “Strung Out! On My Own!” “It’s Hard! Be Content Where You Are,” is another grand-scale, arena ready triumph that suggests the Jacksonville duo just might be the torchbearers for psychedelic pop in 2012 and beyond. Fans of Portugal the Man, Dr. Dog and The Beatles will certainly find something to like with Love is Everywhere.
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