Permanent Clear Light — Maurice n'est pas la
(Fruits de Mer winkle 31, 2018, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-07-15
Psychedelic Finns Permanent Clear Light are back on Fruits de Mer with a three track 7-inch slab of vinyl Maurice n’est pas la. FdM normally releases singles with at least one cover tune, but this time the three songs are all original, taken from the recording sessions for their next LP. So to offset the lack of a cover tune, FdM elected to release this single with two different cover designs, a sexy design with the back sides of three 40s era women ala The Andrews Sisters and the other a fantasy cover with lily pads, a worried tiny girl, and hungry carp. The A Side contains “One in Five,” a song about recent research indicating that 20% of adult Finns have at some point in their lives suffered from mental disorders. The song opens with Mellotron boy choir tapes that lend a surreal and eerie intro to this trippy psych-pop song. And in some sense, it reminds me of The Luck of Eden Hall. The other track is “This Quiet Smiling Man,” a song about, of all things, Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project. There are phased and distorted guitars and reversed tapes, with the end of the song sounding a bit like The Doors’ “Unhappy Girl.” The B side is the 8 minute title track. This song has bubbly analog sequencers, swooping synths, and a bit of Krautrock that weave intricate patterns to form their interpretation of astro funk. This new release is probably their most psychedelic to date. And if you act quickly, you may still be able to snag a copy for yourself.
Related artist(s): Permanent Clear Light
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