Ponderosa: Pool Party

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Pool Party is a summer album in more ways than one. Forget the timing alone; this is the album that will make you crave the long, lazy nights and hot sticky days long after the heat has retreated.

Gone are the days of Ponderosa’s familiar Southern twang. The Atlanta-based quintet has made an abrupt turn away from the blues-rock roots it established in its debut, Moonlight Revival. Instead, they’ve turned to soft, psychadelic indie rock, favoring a sound that’s more like Fleet Foxes. The jump from Moonlight Revival to Pool Party is so dramatic that it’s hard to believe this is the same band.