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The Flywheels have ambitions beyond the three-minute pop song

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The Flywheels, "I’m for the Flowers"
  • The Flywheels, "I’m for the Flowers"
When Kim Wonderley takes lead vocals, the Flywheels sound a bit like early Bangles with a subtle touch of country twang. When Eric Scott — who passed away before I’m for the Flowers was completed — sings lead, the group sounds closer to the LA Paisley Underground scene of the 1980s: modern-ish rock filtered through a ‘60s psychedelic sensibility. Rocking harder than most of their Mystery Lawn labelmates, the Flywheels serve up a varied collection of hooky tunes on their debut. Allen Clapp’s layered production helps display their many strong musical assets. “Back of Head” is a stomping garage rocker, while the brief “Take My Wings” sounds like an outtake from Brian Wilson’s SMiLE. More subdued tracks like “Let Me Take You Down (to the Sea)” have a grandeur that suggests the Flywheels have ambitions beyond the three-minute pop song.
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