Zirconium Meconium showcases the sound of Fever The Ghost, a weirdo-pop four-piece. A psychedelic core certainly runs through the ideology of the group, but the sounds they work with marshal synths, drums, guitars and heavily-reverbed, lightly-unhinged vocals. Comes out sounding quite nice. On Heavenly.
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It seems I’m mixing them up with someone else. It’s obvious from looking at their history and listening to some of their tunes on Youtube that I have absolutely no idea who Fever the Ghost are. So at least I can start with a clean slate.
They play the kind of wild wandering proggy psych pop that Oh No Ono, the Cardiacs and Jennifer Gentle have excelled at over the years. They are very clever - ‘Rounder’ for example has a big thumping fuzzy riff, pounding drums and eerie sound affects. Kind of Led Zeppelin meets Syd Barrett. I wonder what it would be like to be in a band this madcap? The singer has really weird purple hair and this is reflected in the insane zig-zag music they produce. If stuck think of them add a hyperactive early Flaming Lips all goofed up on jelly tots.
I’m pleased to report that they can produce whopping hooks when they feel the urge (e.g ‘Hinterland’). Thing is, these catchy bits don’t last long as every few seconds they are off somewhere else. They are like a particularly manic toddler; most bands like this become enormously effective once they settle down a bit and this is exemplified in ‘Peace Crimes’, which is gorgeous outer space soft rock that sits somewhere between Air and Eno. They’ve restrained themselves to about 47 chords so it’s not as confusing as what comes before and after.
If you can easily navigate ’Selling England by the Pound’ you are going to absolutely love this band. For some it will just be too confusing, scary and frantic.
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