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ALBUM REVIEW: "Jumping Karma Trains"


My Plastic Sun

"Jumping Karma Trains"


I was just winding up to say, "It takes a lot of guts to open up a CD as mellow as My Plastic Sun does on its new EP, 'Jumping Karma Trains,'" but the tunes that follow were equally mellow. The whole thing is a five-song dream. Wait ... maybe mellow isn't the word I'm looking for. Gentle — yeah that's it, gentle. The EP picks up a bit of steam by track four, but gone is the psychedelic wash I've come to expect from this Rochester band, along with its lost-in-pop-space, Bowie aesthetic.

"Jumping Karma Trains" is essentially a studio project between drummer Roy Stein, who proves your 60's can be the most prolific time of your life, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Cummings and his angelic voice — and I don't even believe in boy angels. The duo does some significant fleshing out with guests such as Overhand Sam, April Laragy — who did the cover artwork as well — and John Viviani to list a few. I'm not one to play favorites, but the EP's final cut, "Couldn't Love You More," breaks my heart every time. Honestly this whole record is lovely in its languid display. It's not a tear-jerker but could render you weepy if you're not careful.