Permanent Clear Light 'Maurice N'est Pas La'' colour vinyl/33rpm - winkle 31 sold out
Markku and the Finns are back on Fruits de Mer!
After the great critical reaction to their debut LP, 'Beyond These Things', their new EP
'Maurice N'est Pas La' contains three new and original tracks from the next Permanent Clear Light LP - possibly the band's most psychedelically-inclined songs yet and certainly some of their best
(by the way, we couldn't decide which sleeve design to go for - so we've released a batch in each version)
We've crammed about 15 minutes of music onto a 33rpm 7", the three tracks are:
One In Five
This Quiet Smiling Man
...beautifully-crafted work from PCL - here's a taster, this is 'This Quiet Smiling Man'....
The band's front man, Markku Helin, explains all...
ONE IN FIVE: The title refers to a recent research, according to which 20% of adult Finns have at some point of their lives suffered from mental disorders. The otherworldly sounding opening chords were played on a Mellotron loaded with boy-choir tapes. In general, this EP is less guitar oriented than our previous records. Instead, it is more keyboard-, bass- and drum heavy. One in Five is probably our most straightforward pop/rock song yet, with a driving beat and nice harmony vocals in the chorus. PCL are HUGE fans of The Move, and I think you can hear traces of this here.
THIS QUIET SMILING MAN: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”, said Robert Oppenheimer, and this is a track about him, an intriguing yet contradictory quiet, smiling man. We wrote this a few years ago and, sadly, it has become topical again, due to certain idiot Presidents around the world. Purely coincidentally, the instrumental outro turned out sounding a bit like the Doors.
MAURICE: Our interpretation of “astro funk”. We decided to write this one in French, just for the hell of it. Superficially, the lyrics don’t seem to make any sense, but actually they do. We happened to find out the Purpose of Life just after writing this, so we revealed it in Morse Code towards the end of the track, in glorious super-wide stereophonic sound. Unfortunately, we have forgotten what the Morse Code means; perhaps somebody can help us!? This is probably the heaviest track PCL have recorded to date, driven by some maniacal drumming and downright beastly bass guitar. And some pretty damn psychedelic keyboards/synths/Theremin.
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