Prince Rupert's Drops' 'Climbing Light' is mystical retro acid pop
New York-based quintet Prince Rupert’s Drops is far from the only band right now emulating the sounds of psych rock’s first wave, but they’re one of the few who are trying to get deeper than its surface aesthetics, and striving to represent the psychedelic experience as something more than Sgt. Pepper’s and acid rock posters.
Their new album Climbing Light (out Nov. 11 on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records) is more Alan Watts than “Mellow Yellow,” adding a slightly scary edge to the Summer of Love-era sounds they’re working with, as befits a journey beyond the veil of mana and into contact with a universe that no human mind can ever fully comprehend. It’s heady stuff, but in PRD’s hands it’s catchy, too—the album’s titular track sounds like The Zombies if they’d recorded a song based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead.