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keskiviikko 30. lokakuuta 2013

Mark McDowell / Octopus Syng: The Regal Crabomophone Annual for 2014

Fruits de Mer Records (Winkle 13)
Every year Fruits de Mer / Regal Crabomophone have some superb songs left that they have received from psychedelic musician but that have not fit on any of their releases that year so they release the stuff on “annuals”. This time the Regal Crabomophone (that mostly releases originals while FdM just covers) one includes two tracks by two different acts. Mark McDonnell is new to the Fruits de Mer family, and I have not heard about him before. “Girls of Belvoir” is a very nice, rather slow and melodic folky number that has acoustic guitar, violin and flute but also drums, bass and psychedelic fuzz guitar as well as wonderful vocals. A very nice, well produced slice of psychedelic folk/pop/rock. Octopus Syng from Finland was first featured on Fruits de Mer’s amazing compilation album Keep of the Grass with their great rendition of “Midsummer Night’s Scene” (Johns Children) but this time we’ve got a long, strange and hypnotic original called “Listen to the Moths”. It starts off in a rather minimal, weird and eerie way, but bursts into full-bloom after a few minutes and starts to rock in a very mesmerizing way. The track ends in hazy, echoed, psychedelic ambient soundscapes that leave you totally in awe. This track is not a very typical piece for the band but definitely one of the best Octopus Syng songs I have heard and I have heard a few in my lifetime… This song has a very unique vibe and it makes you feel like someone has just spiked your juice with acid or something. Excellent job! The coloured vinyl single comes with a poster and is limited as always so get it fast.

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