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maanantai 29. syyskuuta 2014

Simones: Majic Ship 7"

Fruits de Mer Records (Crustacean 50)


Al Simones is often labelled as US equivalent of Nick Saloman/The Bevis Frond, and there's some point in that. Simones just more or less stayed in his bedroom by himself for decades while Nick has also recorded in studio and worked with a full band line-up for a long time now. Both still have a unique style to make psychedelic rock music and play very cool, skilful fuzz guitar solos, and do their own thing in their own way not being concerned about music trends or big record companies etc. Simones has only released four albums on his own small private label, and I'm sorry to say I never bought them and now they are worth ridiculous sums of money. Even the limited 4LP box set that was put out last year by Headspin Records was too expensive for me. Well , hopefully some day...

Anyway, I'm glad that I can have at least one 7" single with two excellent Simones compositions. Both tracks are taken from the Balloon Ride LP from 1999, so nothing unreleased here but still this is very cool. "Majic Ship" is a nice, mid-tempo psych rock track with some Golden 60s vibe. The production is pretty lo-fi but very intimate and honest. I love the wild fuzz guitar solos that take you by surprise!  There are also some more acoustic, even folky moments in there. I also like the vocals so all in all a very good song! The B-side "Seize the Moment" is a beautiful, almost ballad-like piece but also has cool heavy psych guitar work-out and freaky sounds to give that extra mind-blowing effect. Very nice! I really want to hear more...

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