Regal Crabomophone (Winkle 12)
Me and My Kites from Sweden released their amazing debut album Like a Dream Back Then this spring on Dungen’s bass player’s Mattias Gustavsson’s ÅÄÖ label. It was instantly clear, that this hippie collective led by David Svedmyr was something special. Other members include Gustavsson, AnnaMy, Lisa Isakson (Lisa O Piu) and lots of other folks from the Swedish psych/folk circles, so you know you’re in for a treat. I was very happy to hear that Me and My Kites would also be released on Fruits de Mer / Regal Crabomophone, so here we go… The band was named after a song released on a rare 1971 album by British progressive folk rock band Fuchsia, so they must have been ecstatic about the possibility to not only release a Fuchsia song but also have the founder member Tony Durant to sing on it! In addition, the results are magnificent. “The Band” is a very nice, melodic and melancholic pop psych song with an excellent chorus. The B side “Isis’ Adventure” was already released on the Like a Dream Back Then album, but there it was split in two parts (the eighth track “Isis” and the final track “Isis in Heaven”), so it’s very nice to have the complete song in its full psychedelic glory. It has a very authentic early 70’s, sunny hippie feel to it, and some mind-bending effects and manipulation later on. Great! You can still get a copy of this very nice single and if you are a true collector you might want to track down a black copy limited to just 100 copies. Some copies also come with a small kite!