Baywood’s Zen Mountain Poets release two new singles on ReverbNation 

Wonderful review of our singles in SLO New Times!

Baywood’s very own psychedelic neo prog folk jazz act Zen Mountain Poets recently released two new singles, “Emily’s Song” and “Mysterious,” and they want you to hear them at their ReverbNation page (@zenmountainpoets).

PSYCHEDELIC POETS Baywood’s Zen Mountain Poets recently released two new singles that are charting on ReverbNation.

“Emily’s Song” opens with multi-instrumentalist Robyn Saxer’s French horn solo before moving on to some of her sparkling keyboard work. The vocals are a lush wall of sound chorus: “Life will never be the same/ My world changed when you came/ Ooo Ooo yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah.”

This is straight out of Laurel Canyon circa 1970s, with an undeniable old-school California vibe. This revolving group of musicians features core members Saxer, guitarist Billy Clayton, multi-instrumentalist Anthony Roselli, and conga and bass player Mike Flactiff.

“Mysterious” starts with a mysterious flute solo before a mysterious chorus “woo-woos” itself out of a psychedelic ether as a bluesy guitar weaves in and out of the swirly mélange of keys and percussion. It’s triptastic! Lights out, headphones on, please! Just when you think it’s over, it keeps on spinning into light fantastic weirdness. You’ll know it’s over when you hear laughter followed by, “I’m stoned! I’m ready for a hug.”

“We’ve been on ReverbNation’s chart-topping artists of the Santa Barbara area playlist, and in the top 10 nationally and globally for the last two weeks!” the band explained via email.

The music’s also available on Spotify, Deezer, and YouTube, with other platforms to follow.

“We’ve still been holding online performances during the pandemic and look forward to when we can play live concerts again!” Saxer wrote.

Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, It’s a Beautiful Day, Grateful Dead, Pink Martini, Traffic, Allman Brothers, The Eagles, The Beatles, Fairport Convention, The Who—these are the Zen Mountain Poets’ inspiration. They also cover some classic blues and jazz tunes, songs by Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Donovan, Marshall Tucker Band, and more. Check out their new stuff!

by Glen Starkey