This band from beautiful Cologne fits perfectly into the current folk revival around bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Four boys from the Rhineland carnival stronghold dare to produce handmade rustic music beyond the chic trends.
After he had said goodbye to stereotypes and thus almost completely to postpunk, the singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Tim Hines started his project Tropical Popsicle on his own. He recorded the vinyl single "The Beach With No Footprints", but then looked for and found three partners in spirit with whom he first recorded the EP "The Age Of Attraction" and now a complete album. Right at the beginning, when an organ starts to play and a voice with double reverberation and echo plays "Always Awake In Shadows", the sixties roots on which Hines' music is based are completely blank. The guitars à la Byrds on the title song of the EP and the vocal harmonies on "Ghost Beacons" underline this impression. Even bonds from the very early Pink Floyd ("Havana") can be clearly heard. The Punker Hines shimmers through once again discreetly in between, for example on "The Beach With No Footprints" and "Tether", but the majority of the twelve songs would have done more credit to sixties bands like the Electric Prunes.
Top Track: Ghost Beacons