LA residents Burnt Ones describe their brand of fuzzy psychedelia as “amateur” and “guesswork” which suggests to me they have a sense of humour at least. They asked the otherworldly Space Lady to split an album with them and she said yes. Side one belongs to her - she glides through dreamy, lo-fi synth versions of Across The Universe, Starman and Somewhere Over The Rainbow and adds the odd original tune to the mix. Side two sees Burnt Ones do what they do, which in this case includes a version of the Space Lady classic, Synthesize Me.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 October 2015Ok so this is a split 12” between the Space Lady and Burnt Ones. They don’t play together - let’s be clear on that. So you know Space Lady. She’s that lady who played for ages on the streets on San Francisco and remained in obscurity until someone noticed her similarity to space age batchelor pad groups like Broadcast and Pram and as a result she gets to see the sights of Bradford this Sunday. Very different from San Franscisco I’m sure she’ll agree. Here are the usual grab bag of late ’60’s early ’70’s covers. It opens with one of my favourite the Beatles songs ever, the exquisite 'Across the Universe' on which she plays on her warm organ and sings in a voice part Nico, part Trish Keenan. Delightful. The thing is -whether its David Bowie's ’Starman’ or the ever hideous ‘Over the Rainbow’ she brings an other worldly magic to her interpretations. I was getting ready to say that Burnt Ones can’t hope to match the Spacelady for dreaminess but they have a good go. Again the music is soft and billowy - they employ a full band but still maintain a mystical air. They sound like Silver Apples wrapped in cotton wool. To I'm sure the delight of the lady overleaf they cover her ‘Synthesize Me’. They know exactly how to make their sound woozy and drugged though they lack the oddball magic of the Spacelady. A nice split!
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