Friends of the Fish 3 & 4
These two very limited lathe-cut 7"s are just a small part of the Fruits de Mer special releases for The Thirteenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus, a Festival of Psychedelia on August 7-9 2015 in Wales. As usual at Fruits de Mer related festivals, all attendees will get a massive bag of free coodies as well as an option to buy higly limited items available only at the festival. Oh boy! Only 50 copies of these two 7" singles will be pressed to be sold at the festival making them some of the rarest FdM items for sure. As all tracks here are originals and not covers, they are to be released on the Fruits de Mer sister label Friends of the Fish.
Friends of the Fish 3 (Sweden meets Wales) features two bands that are both already known to the FdM fanatics. Me and My Kites is a wonderful Swedish psych/prog/folk/hippie rock band that is soon releasing their second full-lenght. From that album we've got a new song called "War". This somewhat reminds me of old Spirit, it has that same melancholic, deep vibe. Acoustic guitars, electric piano, cool electric guitar leads, great rhytm section, excellent female vocals and harmonies, clever melodies, it has all that and I love it. I'm really looking forward to the new album by these guys! Fruits de Mer regulars Soft Hearted Scientists are another favourites of mine, and their song "Surferella" is "a Dick Dale inspired trem and twang-fest psych surf nugget" recorded in 2007. Very nice, but too short (at 2:23) piece and not that typical for this amazing band. This track will also be released on their rare compilation CD Exorcising the Demos Part Three, but a vinyl release is most welcome.
Friends of the Fish 4 (Switzerland meets the Philippines) introduces two totally new bands to the Fruits de Mer rooster. I must admit not having even heard about these groups before this, so I'm excited... And of course these are ace bands too! Switzerland's The Cats Never Sleep have released at least one EP called Astral Jams and the track "Soma" sounds just like that. This is mid-tempo, hypnotic psych rock instrumental that has that genuine late 60s/early 70s heavy psych vibe including some great guitar. I definitely want to hear more! On the flip side we've got a more modern sounding instrumental "Sungaze" by The Insektlife Cycle from the Philippines. This must be the first band I've heard from this country and I like them! Two guitarists, a bass player and a drummer create an airy, pleasant, melodic and dreamy soundscape of post-rock/progressive pop like music. This track is from their Purple Gaze EP and I just have to investigate further.
Now I really would like to go to this festival in Wales in a less than a month but since I have to be at work early on the following morning it would be impossible... I'm totally gutted to miss out on these super rare items, but 50 lucky people at the fest will be able to buy these. There will also be other exclusives on sale (including the remaining copies of the Momentary 1 & 2 singles first sold at the Games of May festival as well as first option to buy Momentary 3 7" for some more Pink Floyd/Syd covers), so remember to take a lot of cash with you! And as I said already, there will be a LOT of free CDs and other stuff for everyone too!
If you haven't bought your tickets to the festival yet you should hurry up since there is only a handful left over here. Have fun!