The sole album by Joseph Byrd’s The United States Of America is a New York avant-garde classic that pulls influences from both the Fluxus and hippie movements of the time. Produced by the great David Rubinson, the tracks combine samples from military marches, synth drones, kabuki rhythms, electric violin, choral vocals, and fuzzy psych solos with politically charged lyrics for a wholly unique sound that takes you straight back to the 60’s. Interestingly, this wild combination of avant-psych-ethno-pop actually performed well on the charts and made it to 181 on the Billboard 200… Different times!
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Tags: Avant-Garde / Essential Listening / Political / Psychedelic