Lexington-based mutated pop collective Big Fresh -- co-founded by John Ferguson of The Apples in Stereo -- doesn't care too much for stifling genres or inert characterizations. They opt instead for a perspective that based more on maniacal inspiration than convention. Their often sprawling work is built from loose '60s-style harmonies, defiantly odd melodies and a rhythmic complexity which allows the band to burrow beneath their influences to get at the root of their own feverish creativities.
The band will release the five-track "Sweeps" EP on Aug. 10 via their own Desperate Spirits label, with the collection acting as a companion piece to 2017's "Fall Preview." Filled to the brim with pop subversions and psychedelic construction, the EP once again finds the band playing to no one's expectations and creating a sound that's as wonderfully strange as it is necessary.
On their new single, "Hottie Tottie," the band channels luxurious yacht rock arrangements and space pop theatricality and proceeds to filter it all through an atmosphere of warped rhythmic grandeur. Vocals are chopped up, robotized and left to saturate in their own weirdness. Likewise, the music is an unusual mixture of alien and familiar musical touchstones, a heady rush of complicated mania that begs to be explored and embraced.
"'Hottie Tottie' features the vocal talents of Ryan Hover from Sound of Ceres, Chris Dennison of DHENI and Chico Fellini, and Chip Chop, the friendly robot," reveals Ferguson. "It is an unsubtle ode to my (and everyone else's) preoccupation with sex, and the feelings of guilt placed on such thoughts by a superstitious and primitive culture. Sonically, it draws from ELO, Michael Jackson, The Apples in Stereo, Dungeon Family, and XTC, like if The Beatles made fucked up 80's electro-funk."