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I’ve not encountered The Space Agency before but the press release for this record describes them as “the UK’s best instrumental group” (a bold claim in a country populated by the likes of Y Niwl, Mugstar, Galaxians, That Fucking Tank and Los Pecadores) so I’m listening. I’ve long been of the opinion that most bands could do without singers anyway.
They’re putting in a pretty strong claim to the title on the A side actually, it’s a really cheeky little psych-surf number with a twangy electric sitar taking the lead. Totally charming ‘60s drenched fun, I can picture this lot playing at a happening somewhere with psychedelic projections and go-go dancers...it’s quite Austin Powers, but not in a bad way.
Over on the other side is ‘Purple Power’, where lead twanger Simon Jones switches to guitar. It’s a sweet bit of twangy sci-fi surf-beat fun with a reverbed staccato bassline driving it along. There’s a bit of Shadows in there, undoubtedly, and definitely some of the classic ‘60s surf sounds of bands like The Ventures or PJ & Artie. I’m especially enjoying the creative use of electric sitar on the A-side but this is all rather good.
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