Summer is kissing its way into autumn, looking for one last citrus goodbye before laying its head down as everything turns gold and red. If “Greasy Rider” from Trance Farmers‘ exquisite debut album, Dixie Crystals, isn’t the sound of the sun setting on summer then I don’t know what is. I sit outside as write this – blue skies with monstrous white clouds reaching into another world, a slight breeze, and I can’t help but notice the absolute serendipitous combination of music, drink, and general vibe.
The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose by Anderson Valley is not just one of the best-named beers around, it’s also one of the most drinkable. Like all good goses, the sourness is the key component here, but a hint of lime and a touch of saltiness up the complexity considerably and elevate this beer beyond many other session ales. It has bite, sure, but goddamn if it doesn’t transport me off to some tropical beach, sand between my fingers and all, whenever I pop open a can. One sip of this and it’s lazy days forever.
Dixie Crystals is summer through a distorted, funhouse lens. It’s an album from another time even if it was recorded this year. Between the whispy melodies and fuzzy sonic palette, it’s impossible to distinguish any kind of timeframe. Trance Farmers simply float through time and space, dropping these beach bonfire gems whenever and wherever they please. Few albums in the past couple years boast an opening trifecta like “Greasy Rider,” “Purple Hay,” and “Lone Star.” I just want to bake beneath the sun, sipping my gose while Trance Farmers take me away on a whimsical magic carpet that’s powered by the longing for next summer to begin. This is the good shit right here.
Dixie Crystals is out now on Leaving Records.