(Kool Kat Musik)
What other word can possibly capture the sweet sensation of the appropriately titled “The Beginning,” the opening track of Maple Mars’ superb sophomore disc. Coming at you like a cross between Syd Barrett and the Who via Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, its psychedelic power and charm provides the perfect introduction to leader Rick Hromadka’s classic rock acumen.
The rest of Circular Haze reins in the freakbeat quotient somewhat and pours on the sugar in copious amounts, which will please powerpop fans, no end. So stellar tunes like the lovely “The First Chick In Space,” the pleasant “Good Time For A Friend,” the gorgeous “Imaginary Walk Of Fame” and the epic “Home” deserve a special place in every discerning pop lover’s heart. A www.maplemars.com