Wild Honey (2017)
I'm not sure if you want to call this a follow up or a companion piece to last week's Radioactivity review, but this Lost Balloons single was released at roughly the same time by the same label. I also bought them together and both bands feature Jeff Burke, so they're intertwined in some way for sure. Lost Balloons is Burke's collaboration with Yusuke Okada, who most know from Suspicious Beasts but I'll always know him from being in Blotto, one of my favorite Snuffy Smiles bands.
The two songs on this Lost Balloons 7" showcase two very different styles that the band is working within. A side "Liquor Store" is a fast, lo fi blast of fuzzy guitar pop. It's a style most closely linked to Jeff Burke's other bands. Frankly it's a great song, big and powerful - though clocking in under a minute and a half, I can't help but wish it went on a bit longer.
On the B side we have "Dirty Sandy." This one plays more to Yusuke Okada's strengths. It's got that sort of boozy psych feel that you'll find here and there on Suspicious Beasts' records. I can't say I like it as much as the A side. Even on Suspicious Beasts albums, I tend to favor the songs that are a bit faster and louder than this one. I'd say this 7" is more for completists. The A side is really short and the B side isn't anything to write home about. There's no way I wasn't going to buy it, but you may want to check the songs out before you dive into those import shipping fees.
Lost Balloons - Liquor Store 7":