“The group’s multi-instrumentalists bring a giant sound to the psych pop format. Instruments like sitar, orchestra bells, baritone guitar (an indicator of authentic country), accordion, and omnichord assure this record is never boring.(8 out of 10 stars)”
“The Wardrobe favors good songwriting as its foundation, and singer/guitarist JON SANCHEZ (who formerly led Austin’s shoegazer contenders the FLYING SAUCERS) and pedal steel guitarist JOHN LEON go for intensity rather than noodling in their duels.”
“The record finishes with the reflective "One Longtime Feeling" and I can strongly recommend this innovative and interesting record. A superb second record and enhancing their reputation after their debut a couple years ago.(9 out of 10)”
“giving off a Spiritualized-meets-country-pop feel that should appeal to fans of Centro-matic, the rushing waves of guitars on Cajun Prairie Fire from The Summer Wardrobe provides the listener with a much-needed touchstone on the road to bring worthwhile Southern Rock to this generation. ”
““Highs in the Mid-1980s,” the opener, in fact, feels like it could sit between the early era of the Church and 16 Horsepower. Perhaps we can call the genre shoegaze alt country: dark without being dismal, and moody and musical without being muddled and myopic. ”
“The Summer Wardrobe – Cajun Prairie Fire (Sauspop) – coming off a stint playing as the rejuvenated Roky Erickson's backing band, this Texas quartet delivers dreamy psychedelic rock that is highly satisfying (# 7 of Top 10,2008)”
“The combination of Sanchez's own guitar virtuosity and Leon's flexibility on the pedal steel join to create a unique sound -- with lots of reverb, lots of crescendos, and lots of bravado.”
“With a unique sound that combines Sanchez’s amazing guitar effects and John Leon’s mystical pedal steel, it’s Pink Floyd meets Mazzy Star somewhere on the road between Austin and Baton Rouge”
“With great pedal steel mixed with '60s psych-pop influences and effect laden guitar production, this band has an unmistakeable sound.”
“There's also sometimes a strain of barroom country music that's missing from Erickson's mix, though the dense and murky guitar rock of a track like "Highs in the Mid '90s" falls pretty close to the realm of mad genius psychedelia.”
“This bizarre collection of infinitely disparate genres is intertwined through the excellent steel guitar work by Leon, making what should be awkward, mismatched songs a natural and effortless album.”
“The Summer Wardrobe is an album that would please the 'guitar nerd' in anyone. Harrisonesque chords and licks play against great pedal steel on opening track 'Ned Kelly'. Also present are elements of The Byrds and effect laden guitar production a la My Bloody Valentine." ”
"Borrowing a page or two from The Feelies and Lloyd Cole, this fine, subtle quartet adds intriguing T.Rex-inflected vocals to tracks such as “Sparkle and Fade” and the absolutely attitudinal “Underground" ... Great listening
"The quintet suggest a 1970s bar band, viewed through a pleasingly distorted prism, and summon up the ghosts of the forgotten American acid revivalists the Rain Parade and their country cousins Dumptruck, combining classicrock shapes with wistful romanticism ... Four Stars."
"...twang-laden psych-pop quartet distinguishes itself with spacey yet meticulous arrangements and a remarkable corral of disparate reference points, including the Byrds, Galaxie 500, Ride, and Centro-matic."
"cosmic ... cinematic ... mesmerizing"
“Frontman Jon Sanchez tosses out melodic hooks as easily as the rest of us breathe ... Four Stars" ”