Young psychedelic sextet the Uglysuit construct big sunny pop songs. The good-time feeling’s something the Oklahoma City band clearly embraces: Sunflowers cover their eyes in one of their promo photos, another depicts a field of the plants in bloom. “Psychedelic” and “Oklahoma” may evoke the Flaming Lips, but on the Uglysuit’s self-titled Touch & Go debut, the guitar atmospherics, piano, keyboard, and layered voices backing front man Israel Hindman are at times more comparable to a happier take on another Ugly band: Isaac Brock’s Ugly Casanova. For all the elements, it’s a clean sound. The group’s reportedly played together since their early teens, which could account for the uncluttered feel. This playful video for album standout “Chicago” — which is more Phantom Planet “California” than Brock anything, to be fair — also illustrates some of that friendliness via thrift store shenanigans, cloud watching, and a low-key rooftop show.
Here it is without the keyboardist’s hair:
The Uglysuit is out via Touch & Go, which is located in Chicago.