The praise surrounding the Explorers Club’s album Freedom Wind typically references the band’s reverence for the classic summery pop sounds of the 60s and 70s and their love of timeless pop songwriting is undeniable. There are songs that would not sound out of place on oldies radio – and the band captures both the sound and spirit of an era where the radio could be relied on for great music. The first video from The Explorers Club offers a similar sense of nostalgia – “Do You Love Me?” harkens back to an era where MTV was fresh and fun – when you could rely on the network for revealing a visual component to your favorite pop music. Playful and fun, the Explorers Club’s lighthearted video perfectly captures one of Freedom Wind’s many highlights.
UNCUT FIVE STAR REVIEW
The Explorers Club
A Wilsonian tour de force
Hailing from the wrong coast, the Charleston, South Carolina-based Explorers Club have done the near impossible, turning an obsession with everything Beach Boys into an utterly beguiling pop album. The LP opens with a reverb-drenched wall-of-sound beat, introducing the instant classic “Forever”, with its creaming four-part harmonies swaying like palm trees. The following “Honey, I Don’t Know Why” filters Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue through Big Star’s #1 Record, while “Lost My Head” sails right into Holland’s harbor. It’s a toss-up whether Jason Brewer’s classically crafted songs or the spot-on arrangements are more irresistible, as the group recasts these magical sounds for the 21st century. *****
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