The Cosmic Bears, have released one of their most beautiful, exquisite pieces of psychedelic rock & roll yet with their new Cosmic Bear Jamboree LP." /> JOEL JEROME / COSMIC BEARS: COSMIC BEAR JAMBOREE | L.A. RECORD

JOEL JEROME / COSMIC BEARS: COSMIC BEAR JAMBOREE

August 11th, 2017 | Album reviews

JOEL JEROME / COSMIC BEARS
Cosmic Bear Jamboree
Elite / Light In The Attic

For years now, Joel Jerome has worked hard building one of the most diverse bodies of work of any of his peers, as well as developing a reputation for being as much of a visionary with a guitar and a microphone as he is at the console in his locally famous Abbey Road West studio. So it should come as no surprise that Jerome and his most recent ensemble, The Cosmic Bears, have released one of their most beautiful, exquisite pieces of psychedelic rock & roll yet with their new Cosmic Bear Jamboree LP. Recorded after just three rehearsals, the record captures a band that sounds incredibly fresh and vibrant, as well as way more together—and in step with one another—than one might expect from such a short amount of practice. Really, that off-the-cuff atmosphere creates a sense of heightened intimacy, with performances so personal and warm that it almost feels like you’re in Joel’s smoky studio, sitting right next to the band as they lay down take after mesmerizing take of hazy guitar-heavy psych—and then joining in for high fives after every song. Cosmic Bear Jamboree will dazzle and captivate you whether you’ve been listening to Joel and his bands for a long time (maybe all the way back to dios) or whether you’re new to the party—either way, you’re welcome to come right in and join them.

—Simon Weedn

JOEL JEROME / COSMIC BEARS COSMIC BEAR JAMBOREE IS OUT FRI., AUG. 11, ON ELITE / LIGHT IN THE ATTIC.