The Sunshine Company
Listen -Sunshine Company – Love, That’s Where It Is – MP3
I have returned from my DC road trip tired, but since the car was weighed down with a grip of newly acquired vinyl (mostly funk and soul) any fatigue is more than compensated for.
The tune I bring you today was a bit of a surprise discovery. I had been seeking out the albums by the Sunshine Company specifically for their Curt Boettcher-related material (they covered songs by the Ballroom and Millennium). I found a couple of them, and after sorting out the specific tunes I was looking for, I listened further and was pleasantly surprised.
Best known for their seminal sunshine pop tune ‘Back On the Street Again’ the Sunshine Company recorded three albums for Imperial between 1967 and 1969, as well as material for a fourth record that was never released.
Though hearing their hits might bring to mind a group like the Mamas and Papas, a closer listen to their records reveals a slightly harder edge that separates them from some of the more twee proponents of the sunshine pop world.
A perfect example of this sound is today’s selection, ‘Love, That’s Where It Is’. The song is a perfect combination of sublime, uplifting harmony pop and SanFran acid guitar. Though seemingly incongruous the disparate elements complement each other perfectly. I find myself giving this record repeated listens, awash in the sunny chorus and then shocked back into reality by the guitar solo.
I hope you dig it and I’ll be back later in the week with something (else) groovy.