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Octopus Syng are a band deeply in love with all the different kinds of psychedelic music, from the heavy distorted stuff to the acid-on-a-summer-afternoon acoustic stuff. It all comes together on new album Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt, a strangely-surreal set of darkly groovy tunes. CD and blue vinyl editions, on Mega Dodo.

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Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt by Octopus Syng
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 03 August 2016
Syd Barrett has a lot to answer for. Actually no he doesn’t as without his whimsical meanderings we wouldn’t see records like this coming out in 2016.  It generally sounds like it was recorded in the hazy days of ’67 with substances being passed round. Everything in tie dye...there's a kaftan on the peg in the hall.
Octopus Syng go all over the place as if they were on Elephant 6. There’s sweet psych ballads, raucous rockers, avant interludes, everything. ‘Woman’ is a pretty good way to get started with well enunciated very English vocals (though I believe these are 'foreign people') over a slow reverb drenched jam. Brian Jonestown Massacre tried stuff like this and were pretty successful too. The other early highlight is ‘Surrealistic Room’ that sounds sorta like a strung out Super Furry Animals slathered in enough fuzz to kill a cow with Rick Wright guesting on backing vox. It’s one of the few upbeat numbers early on as the following brace of songs are 'Terrapin' pedestrian but it’s when they write ridiculous pop that they give me a chuckle. ‘Belle and Deville’ is just bonkers  - like that unreleased Noel Coward psychedelic album.
Like all good psych records the sequencing makes little or no sense so after some snail paced things we get some capital psych pop in ‘Unknown Actress’ which is somewhere between the Cardiacs and H Hawkline. I do enjoy this music so much. There's dome incredible musical invention here and if you are in awe of the time Barrett burned bright you must take a listen to this. 


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