Exposé Online banner

The Smell of Incense — I'm Allergic to Flowers
(Rock Furore RFFS 011, 1992, Fx)

The Smell of Incense — The Smell of Incense / A Visit with Ashiya
(September Gurls SGs14, 1994, 7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-11-14

I'm Allergic to Flowers Cover artThe Smell of Incense / A Visit with Ashiya Cover art

The Smell of Incense is a Norwegian neo-psychedelic band inspired by Syd Barrett, the Kinks, Steeleye Span, Incredible String Band, and Peter Hammill, to name a few. Their debut CD, All Mimsy Were the Borogroves, released in 1994, was incredible in capturing the ambiance of the late 60s. Stepping a bit back in time we have their limited edition flexi-disc released by the Norwegian rock magazine Rock Fururoe and their first single released by September Gurls. Both releases contain songs from their demo tape. "I’m Allergic to Flowers" is a whimsical look at the flower power generation with the narrator sneezing on the refrain. Their single is on lime green transparent vinyl and contains some great raga rock and psychedelia. The band consists of Bumble B (second vocal and backing vocals), Cool Kat (drums and backing vocals), Ernie Chung (guitar, lead and backing vocals), Han Solo (bass, organ, Mellotron, and backing vocals), and Lumpy Davy (guitar, sitar, tamboura, Tibetan bells, and backing vocals). The cover art on both releases contains the right psychedelic and fantasy elements. Though not on a par with their CD release, these two earlier singles contain excellent music that you would have heard on the underground radio stations of the late 60s. By all means, if you pine for the psychedelia of those golden days of yore, seek this band out.


Filed under: New releases, 1992 releases, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): The Smell of Incense

Latest news

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more

2020-01-07
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dzyan - Time Machine & Electric Silence – Sometime during the cosmic period of German rock, when bands like Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül and Tangerine Dream flourished, there was Dzyan — who were busy forging their own cosmic...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues