Though the legacy of Brian Wilson is a constant presence in pop music, his influence has been particularly evident this year. It was only recently that I truly began to understand the insane genius of the man behind Pet Sounds, probably one of the greatest musical works ever created, so the prevalence of worthwhile followers has been welcome. One of the finer, and maybe more indebted, Wilsonian acts of 2007 is Miracle Fortress, the solo project of Graham Van Pelt from Think About Life. His upcoming full-length debut, Five Roses, is littered with sparse, dreamlike soundscapes of swelling psychedelic pop. Beyond the obvious homages in the music itself, Van Pelt also approaches youth and love much as Brian Wilson did on his magnum opus — pensive and bittersweet. The album comes out May 22nd, and then can be officially counted in this year’s ever growing list of superb indie pop.