The Chemistry Set 'Firefly'/'Sail Away' colour vinyl/45rpm 7" + CD - winkle 34 on sale end-December
The Chemistry Set Firefly/ Sail Away 7" + CD
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"This is not just unbelievable! This is a marvelous accomplishment! It’s… simply… Magnificent!" (Timelord Michalis)
"Classic simply doesn’t cut it" (Mark Barton - Losing Today)
"...buy it..." (Scott Heller - Writing About Music blog)
"delicate, swathed in emotion and purity, creating something very special indeed" (progressor.net)
"up there with the finest things that they have made, a classic from a band that are for me one of the finest psychedelic bands to have come out of England in the last thirty years" (Terrascope)
30 years since their first release, The Chemistry Set return with an incredible new single, exclusively for FDM.
'Firefly' is a heavy psych-pop 'instant classic', with fuzz guitars set to 11, exceptional bass guitar, 12 string Rickenbacker rhythms, powerhouse drumming, the dirtiest Farfisa you will hear this year, juxtaposing with beautiful ethereal vocals, arabesque swirls, amazing guitar solo and the cherry on the cake - phasing on the outro! You can hear classic elements of old and new psychedelia but with Chemistry Set twists and originality. All of this with the best production (to these ears) that the guys have ever done.
'Sail Away' starts more gently, with 12 string acoustics, cigar box guitar, tablas and Indian percussion but soon begins to incorporate other elements...a 12 string Rickenbacker riff bathed in echo, reverse snare, hand claps, pianos, a sizzling solo and, oh yes, a mellotron with the Brian Jones brass setting at the end. Pure and utter class. Mesmerising, in fact.
Happy 30th anniversary, hope you will carry on making music of this quality for a long time to come - and on FdM for as long as you like!
and then there's the bonus CD...
The Chemistry Set's version of The Moody Blues' 'Legend Of A Mind' struck a (lost) chord with Astralasia's Marc Swordfish, so much so that he decided to remix the track just for the hell of it, as a favour to Dave McLean. It was, and is, too good not to share with everyone, so we're including it on a bonus CD that will be inserted with every copy of the single; in fact, there are two remixes of the song on the CD, running to nearly 20 mins in total - generous, or what?
Here are 'Firefly' and 'Sail Away' for your listening pleasure...
...and this is one of the two Swordfish remixes of 'Legend Of A Mind' on the bonus CD...
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