Crooked Flower – Berkeley, CA – Psychedelic Soul
The San Francisco band Crooked Flower released their brand new live album “Blooming – The Light Rail Sessions” earlier this year. The band captivates with music that proves to be a blend of psychedelic emotive West Coast soul rock. The band consists of Angie Dang on vocals, Dan Ingberman, guitar Daniel Erik, bass and Patrick Shields on drums. The cohesiveness between the four is evident in their live playing. The guitar playing is focused and rich. The use of rich warm toned bass lines lets these tunes bend and hum.
Dang delivers as the charismatic front woman. She has an exotic look and Grace Potteresque style to her vocals. She sings in a commanding yet smooth style. She leads this high, fervent folk-rock Psychedelic jam band with confidence. I listened to a few of their earlier tracks including “Too Broke to Fly”. This song received last years’ award for best song on KUBU 96.5 Sacramento. It proves to be a driving infectious song that plays up Dang’s swirling vocals. They have evolved on this album On the single “Candy in My Dreams” it is obvious she has fine-tuned her vocal abilities.
On this live track it sounded Erik handles his bass with ferocious ease. His playing has a Spin Doctor feel. Shields on percussion makes the kit hum.
“Who You Are Do I Want You” beginning with a thumping bass flirting with a trippy drum beat. This creates a haunting ethereal vibe. Dang comes into add her silky smooth vocals. This time she takes her folk rock delivery down a notch. He voice floats above the atmospheric rhythms. The whipping guitar pierces the song around at the halfway mark leaving this a complex journey with Dang lamenting “I can’t change”. “Came To Me in your Dreams part 2” ends this charming, smoothly produced album. Relying on guitar to stir up with intoxicating smoke ring haziness. Mainly an instrumental focusing on Ingberman’s hypnotic guitar playing. Shields keeps time on the kit while Erik jams his bass to pure spellbinding perfection. Dang’s vocals are curiously absent until 8 minutes in to the track. She slides in and carries the tune to the finish line. A pure joy to hear her RB soul vocals collide with the bass.
Crooked Flower is a band that is tight while playing it loose. Keep them on your radar. They will be on an indie alt station near you in no time.