Psychedelic Kiwi pop by Connan Mockasin is sublimely spacey
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With a total population of under five million people, New Zealand has since the 1960’s had a disproportionately bountiful output of psychedelic pop. Split Enz, The Clean, Tall Dwarfs, and now Connan Mockasin have made the island nation a kind of mecca for outsider art and music. On his latest LP, Caramel, Connan Mockasin again manages to warp melodies and oddball aesthetics into an alluring slice of space rock/pop that recalls the early work of Marc Bolan or the Beach Boys at their trippiest.