3AM Eternal

3AM Eternal: Southwest F.O.B. “Smell of Incense” (1968)

Dallas-based Southwest F.O.B. specialized in trippy, organ-heavy psychedelic pop, and were a rather popular act in Texas during the 1960s, and their sole album would have faded into the mist were it not for the post-Southwest exploits of the band’s two leaders, Dan Seals and John Ford Coley. While they would go on to being soft-rock superstars as England Dan and John Ford Coley, this humble debut record was a fine–if not fleeting–moment of psych-rock goodness. With a gentle melody and an eerie organ line, “Smell of Incense” is instantly trippy, and is made more so with the utterly gorgeous harmonies that quickly come into play. Their sole full-length would take this song as its title, and would contain a number of equally lovely psych-pop nuggets.

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