On July 8th, Sugar Candy Mountain released their new album, 666. The psych-pop band has had comparisons to Tame Impala, but that is a misgiving. This band's sound is lucid dreaming in desert twilight, not smoking stale weed in your freshman dorm. And this is fitting considering the band is stationed in Joshua Tree, California - a preferred getaway for nature lovers and those who want to get a little weird. And 666 lives in this same spirit.

Sugar Candy Mountain have a subtle, slightly reserved approach to their brand of psychedelic rock. There is an ease to it that is difficult to find in the sea of this genre today. They tap into the hazy, free-energy '60s vibe. The music lilts you into place. It is an open invitation with no pressure but plenty of evidence you should take the trip. There is nothing forced and no anarchy. Everything is natural.

Sugar Candy Mountain kick off 666's organic trip with album opener, 'Windows'. The 405 got to premiere this track last month and the opening guitar walk and vibraphone flourishes create a foundation for the rising sun that is singer Ash Reiter's voice. The song has a slow build up but blooms with a fuzzy guitar solo and impeccable drum fills swirling around her voice.

The title track, '666', has a slight swing to its 2/2 time signature. The echo-y guitars and shimmery keys swirl you in a heady wine. There is something so alluring about the music, you soon realize there are lyrics like, "It was on the TV in the gift shop/ Another war with the volume turned down/ They go/ six, six, six."

'Being' takes a very Beatles-esque trip through the pop-psych fields. Drummer/ multi-instrumentalist/ singer Will Halsey channels the breathy, sing-song vocals the Beatles were known for. And when he sings, "Isn't it strange to be," you can't help but confront those thoughts you push out of your head while lying awake at night.

'Eye On You' take a little more playful tone. The bounding of the bass line and staccato guitar pair well together. The way Reiter accentuates "eye" then pulls back and drops into a raspy chest voice for, "on you" is a tease to the ears. It's careful musicality like this that keeps the listener engaged with no need for parlor tricks.

Sugar Candy Mountain have something special with 666. While there are moments you wish they would push it sonically just a little further, that itch is also part of the beauty. The whole album steadily raises you up and up. By the time you reach the stratosphere, it is up to you to continue on or gently fall back to Earth.