New Audio: The Hazy, Bubblegum, Psych Rock Pop-Leaning Sound of The Rebel Light

The Rebel Light are a Los Angeles-based trio, who specialize in an old-school bubblegum pop/psych rock sound that draws heavily from both 60s mod-era rock and Southern Californian psych rock that’s hazy and retro sounding — but with slick, modern production values and catch hooks. As the band mentioned to me, they’re busily working on a new EP that they hope they’ll have finished and released later this year — when we East Coasters will desperately want a reminder of summer. But in the meantime, “Strangers” is a single that quickly caught my attention as the single consists of jangling guitar chords, horns, soaring organ chords, handclap-led percussion, a catchy hook with “ba ba ba ba” and ethereal vocals. It’s a pop confection that leans towards psych rock and although it’s period specific, it does so without being pure mimicry; in fact, the song possesses an earnest soul at its core.