Music That Sets You Free!
In 1964 British bands like The Beatles, The Zombies, Herman’s Hermits exploded on the American scene,
aka “The British Invasion”. It did not take long, however, for American bands to respond.
Soon The Monkees, The Buckinghams, The Byrds, The Turtles, The Lovin Spoonful and many other American groups filled the airwaves with chart topping hits of their own. Much of the music originated from Southern California and became known as “Sunshine Pop”.
Vinyl Sunshine brings you the best of American “sunshine pop” and more. Every song we cover was written or performed by an American band. You will find our music to be upbeat, with close vocal harmonies and performed note-for-note for an experience that touches your senses and sets you free!
Vinyl Sunshine Promos
Sum of Talented Parts
Vocals & Keys
Vinyl Sunshine: The Story
Vinyl Sunshine’s music is dominated by American sunshine pop and is a subgenre of pop music. Our music is characterized by a cheerful attitude, close vocal harmonies, and sophisticated production. Much of the music originated as a response to the British Invasion. All of Vinyl Sunshine’s music was written or performed by American artists. This music was the most popular from the mid-1960s to early 1970s and subsequently faded.
Sunshine pop songs are predominantly upbeat and apolitical, and at first glance, superficial. However, these songs often feature complex production and arrangements. The music can be experimental and contain psychedelic elements. Sunshine pop is also related to several other musical styles such as bubblegum pop and psychedelic pop; both usually consist of lightweight, catchy and upbeat songs.
Instrumentation typically includes strings, guitar, bass, drums or percussion, and piano. More exotic instruments such as harpsichord, xylophone or sitar may also be heard. Multi-part harmony singing is ubiquitous. While sunshine pop typically sounds relentlessly cheerful it can also be more subdued or even sad.
The typical sunshine pop song, true to its name, often features lyrics that focus on the beauty of nature, specifically its spring and summertime versions: sunny days, green grass, warm breezes. But the real joy of the genre lies in its escapism; many of its most famous songs are primarily concerned with nature as a metaphor for freedom, for a natural and uncomplicated approach to life. This was no accident, given the youth movement that was already defining the decade.
By the end of the decade, sunshine pop had become so ingrained in society that it was seen as the family-friendly alternative to the darker and more revolutionary strains of rock then taking root. (The Brady Bunch and Partridge Family TV shows both benefited from this perception.)