The North Carolina psychedelic rock trio Megafaun have stepped up their game for their fourth album, Megafaun, grafting the delicate banjos and stoned digressions of their previous records onto sturdy, catchy pop song structures. “I think this record’s pretty direct, pretty honest, pretty vulnerable,” guitarist Brad Cook told Rolling Stone. “The element of weirdness is more integrated and more subtle.”
The band also endeavored to pay tribute to the music of their youth. “Our banjo player Phil’s main instrument is piano, and he wrote a lot more of this record on it. So the songwriting changed, and it felt like an ode to a lot of music we’ve grown up listening to – the Beatles, Jackson Browne, the Dead, Paul McCartney’s solo stuff like Ram. We’re still growing a lot as songwriters, so it feels good to absorb those things in a more direct way.”
Megafaun will hit stores on September 20th, but you can stream the album in full now.