The Striped Bananas – Lady Sunshine
“Through Duncan’s sunglasses is the darkened world of psychedelic music that is birthed through his guitar. Chantelle’s thunderous bass playing and angelic singing make her a contrast within herself. The bearded drummer, Lowden, smashes his drums with so much tribal fury his hands often turn crimson red.”
The Striped Bananas’ second album ‘Lady Sunshine’ is a psychedelic wash of harmonies and swaying tunes. Opening into track ‘Hymn To Sunshine’ certainly borrows from the Beatles’ ‘Because’, and leads into the first main track with a bright beauty.
‘Dark Peace’ is a jangly number awash with sitars and wailing vocals, slightly reminiscent of Chad and Jeremy’s obscure but classic psych-folk on ‘The Ark’, while title track ‘Lady Sunshine’ moves towards a more modern psychedelic approach, incorporating distorted guitars alongside the bouncy tremolo, organ, and tambourine. A nice touch is the ‘la la la la’ part to the chorus underpinning the vocal line ‘Let your light out’.
‘Wednesday Morning’ moves in a more acoustic direction. The bass section remains prominent and strong through out, and the slide guitar adds a pleasant country feel to the track.
At the mid point of the album, ‘Black Velvet’ offers a more jaunty and upbeat sound, with its flittering bassline, grimy distortion, and insistent drums.
It’s on ‘Oasis Of Time’ however, where the experimental nature of the band really shines through, with its opening sample, wailing theremin, off kilter guitars and stuttering vocals. It brings with it a sense of dread and intrigue.
‘Mistress Of Existence’ opens with an explosion of distortion, driving down the road at 100mph. The track makes good use of the ‘wall of sound approach’, with the guitar and bass parts playing in unison on the mid sections.
Closing track ‘A Kiss (Or Two)’ ends the album by returning to the concept theme of Lady Sunshine with a low-key folk number which is all acoustic guitar and sleigh bells. It’s a touching end to a fascinating album.