THE FAST CAMELS

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''Glasgow four piece The Fast Camels have a sound that is strongly influenced by the point in time when Freakbeat was morphing into full-fledged psychedelia; an intriguing mix of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things psych-pop period, lots of Rubbles bands and small dollops of Forever Changes period Love. "Collector" types will probably delight in spotting the influences; "The rhythm guitar on track 14 sounds like the second Tomorrow single", etc. This would be to miss the point that the band are writing good original songs in a style that hardly anyone else is playing in. As far as I can recall the last UK band to successfully play in this style was The Chemistry Set. Recorded live with vintage equipment, the sound is highly assured for a debut. The harmonies and catchy hooks of 'The Magic Optician' sound authentic without being a pastiche. The Camels present an eclectic mix, including the short, sweet pop of 'Two Day Week', the Arthur Lee influenced 'Privately Insane', and the driving, memorable 'Big Daddy Smyth''

THE MAGIC OPTICIAN

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