I See Love - A Tribute to The Beach Boys' "Sunflower"

by Various Artists

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If you heard that there was a new tribute to a classic Beach Boys album (which, in fact, there is) which was one of Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest albums of all time and one of The Guardian’s “100 Best Albums Ever”, you’d probably guess it was another tribute to that legendary critical darling Pet Sounds. Your second guess might be their mythical lost album Smile. Or maybe a tribute to their unstoppable run of ubiquitous cars-and-girls-and-surfing singers.

But no. This is a tribute to 1970’s Sunflower, critically beloved but commercially (by Beach Boys standards) lukewarm. There’s not a single greatest hit in the song list and, yet, Pitchfork calls it the band’s strongest post-Pet Sounds album and Paste magazine calls it “their Abbey Road.”

Maybe that’s why Adam Sanders (Adam & Darcie) and Jeremy Jensen (The Very Most) decided to recruit a roster of indie musicians to re-imagine the album and bring it back into the light. They called on a wide swath of musicians, among them Sound of Ceres (more widely known for their music as Candy Claws), Drew Danburry, and BMX Bandits (whose love of the Beach Boys was already documented when Duglas T. Stewart produced his own Brian Wilson tribute album, Caroline Now) to tackle these underappreciated songs.

There are literally thousands of covers of Beach Boys songs. “God Only Knows” alone has been covered by everyone from Elvis Costello to Joss Stone, Natalie Maines to Dale Earnhart Jr Jr. But this is new territory, shedding a much-deserved spotlight on deeper cuts, most likely unheard of by even some big Beach Boys fans, from one of the most interesting creative stretches of the legendary group.

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released August 31, 2016

All songs written by The Beach Boys
Artwork by Andrew Adams
Mastered by Cris Romero at Cherry Sounds, Seville, Spain

Thanks to all the artists involved. And the Beach Boys.

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