You’ll be shocked to know that “Hidden Star” from Melbourne rock quintet Crepes was not recorded during the Summer of Love. From the kaleidoscopic guitars to the reverberating vocals, the latest single from the group feels like a three-minute acid trip. There’s also enough carnival-esque wonkiness in the synths to draw comparisons to a more modern influence: Ariel Pink.
While “Hidden Star” is muscular, it still never takes itself too seriously. Frontman Tim Karmouche is playful and laid-back in his delivery, similar to Memory Tapes’ Dayve Hawk. This is a song you’ll still want to hear once the haze of a psychedelic trip has worn off.