Fruits De Mer have released this 7" single from elusive psychedelic pop guitarist Al Simones. Both tracks taken from his 1999 album 'Balloon Ride', the label wanted to release 'the single that should always have been a single'. Simones has released just 4 albums in the past 25 years, all home recorded. For fans of The Bevis Frond and similar. Available on colour vinyl 7" with a poster sleeve, this is limited to 500 copies.
7" £5.49 Crustacean 50
Ltd coloured vinyl 7" on Fruits De Mer. Edition of 500 copies in fold-out poster sleeve.
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The six minutes that make up 'Majic Ship' betray a reverence for a by-gone era Al Simones missed out on; you'd guess the tune was made in the 1960s if you didn't know better, and while Simone may sound like a psychedelic journeyman of that decade, he was actually a bedroom artist of the late '80s and '90s, hauled up in his room making tunes that reminisced over the washed out guitar tones of his heroes. 'Majic Ship' is so appealing because it seeks its own adventure out, meandering through heavy riffs and crushing drums into sudden clean guitar solos and ecstatic, cosmic poetry ("I'll take you on a journey / tell you things you never see"). And then there's the twinkling acoustic guitar and the gulping outro of unravelling riffs that suggests Simones doesn't want to go. This tune is all shades of romantic.
"Seize The Moment" is more of a slash-and-hack assault, at times, with spacey chords that eventually lead into a furious guitar performance that Simones phases in like he's affixing a particularly un-cooperative strobe light. The tune still reaches for the ecstatic, uncontrollable energy of 'Majic Ship', with as many different segments and wah-weeping solos as you like. It proves that Simones has an assured definition of his genre and understands, like his favourite artists, that the key is in exercising no restraint. It's harder to keep up with "Seize The Moment" -- and its slightly more elongated twists and turns -- than it is "Majic Ship", which floats from suite to suite seamlessly. But Simones' only aim is to have a good time, and that's what this 7" is.
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