If you don’t know what local super-group Secret Powers sounds like, what have you been doing lately? Really, get out of the house more often. Here’s a sneak preview: Secret Powers sounds like pop. It sounds like washing your tricycle on a bright waxy blue sunny day. It sometimes sounds like long feathered tresses and platform shoes, sometimes like Nehru jackets and sensitive facial hair. It sounds like girl-watching and dopey desire. It sounds like melted ice cream, dirty feet, and sticky faces. It sounds like a big old dog-and-baby party.
Secret Powers and the Electric Family Choir in particular might bring back repressed memories of your time on the commune (I swear it was not a cult, whatever the feds think). At least five out of these 10 songs will have listeners swearing they’ve heard them somewhere, maybe on the radio.
The sophomore effort brings the band one step closer to the big time with clever, layered, hook-laden pop songs thrown together with the casual ease of real musical talent. If you are violently allergic to cute, you may sniff at a song or two, but sunshine makes me sneeze and I like it anyway. (Ali Gadbow)
Secret Powers plays a CD release show at the Palace Friday, April 17, at 9 PM. Volumen, Boy Eats Drum Machine and 1090 Club open. $5.