Springtime is upon us and so are the sunny tunes of West coast band, Pacific Range.
The group has peered out from under a dew-soaked raincoat to wrap us in an acoustic duvet of blooming song.
Their new album, High Upon the Mountain, recently swam its way to the surface, and, awhile back, in honor of the flowering pansies and pollinated peonies, KCPR’s humble little studio hosted a live set of the band’s very best.
The group is made up of four fun-loving folk, and their sound lends itself to the blues rock and jazz fusion of bands like The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead. Some of their songs seem the score for a road trip along Big Sur, while others suggest a fading suburbia, the crisp fizz of an opened beer bottle, and the pink warmth of a setting sun.
It’s easy, especially during the quarantine of Covid-19, to feel stuck—like your life lacks momentum. The narrative we’ve predicted for ourselves has wandered off on a skewed tangent, and, currently, it has no signs of returning. Pacific Range’s music acknowledges this and lets us mellow in a space that reminisces of the good ol’ times, while also giving the hope that those good ol’ times will return.
Either way, if you feel like swimming through some soft psyche rock, diving into the cool waters of improvisational ingenuity, or getting lost in the nostalgia of past springs and summers, take a look at the show below.
Ethan Hundertmark is a Cal Poly Psychology junior and KCPR’s Editor-in-Chief. He wrote the article. Jo Anna Edmison is a Cal Poly Photography junior and KCPR’s In-Studio Director. She took the video.