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JELLYFISH were one of the GREAT AMERICAN bands that never made it, putting out two OBSCURE records in the early 1990s. their sound was this highly ORCHESTRATED and HARMONIZED affair with SOPHISTICATED ARRANGEMENTS that made them akin to the more POPPIER side of the BRITISH INVASION or maybe the BEACH BOYS. during an era when the musical tide was more about a STRIPPED-BACK, AUSTERE AESTHETIC of SONGWRITING that supposedly relayed a more EARNEST and AUTHENTIC sound, its REFRESHING to discover a band that was more into LUSH, DECORATIVE SOUNDSCAPES that indulged in a genuine love of layered MELODY and BIG MUSICAL IDEAS.
guess JELLYFISH was just around at the wrong time. i can see their approach in bands MODERN INDIE ROCK bands that spend time on the EXPERIMENTAL and BAROQUE end of the SONIC SPECTRUM like KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD, DEERHOOF, THE FLAMING LIPS, MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER, THE DARKNESS, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA and TAME IMPALA among others. it is a COOL sound well worth checking out.