Bolstered by the success and momentum of An Amazing Dream, These Flowers was critically acclaimed worldwide as a masterpiece. They had finally “honed their sound, creating a self assured and richly textured album that transcends its influences, although echoes of The Rain Parade and Spacemen 3, can still be heard.” (via Terrascope).As touring in support of These Flowers concluded, the Asteroid #4 again entered the studio throughout the cold and repeatedly storm beaten, northeast winter of 2010. Perhaps it was the weather’s influence on this new material that spawned a noticeably darker vibe than on previous releases. As the snow fell and the wind chilled, the band locked themselves away to write and record the songs that would eventually make up, Hail to the Clear Figurines, a record that again has hit the reset button on the band’s aesthetic. The songs pay special attention to detail through accents of instrumentation ranging from harp to horn sections. One can also hear an almost Baroque sensibility to the overall sound reminiscent of 60’s luminaries, Arthur Lee & Love, the Left Banke and even the Association. This could easily be considered the group’s most accomplished effort in song writing and orchestration, with all of A4’s tendencies intact, including the required dose of heavy reverb and psychedelia.