• petals Butterfly Mountain (CD, £8.75)

    label: camera obscura

    First full length in 9 years by the band that gave us great post-Paisley singles from 1989 to the mid 90s and with "Parahelion" one of the best psych pop albums. The 12 tracks on "Butterfly mountain" reveal them to be undiminished as crafters of indicious melodies, complex lyrics and recordings that are deceptively simple. As with bands like the Green Pajamas and Dipsomaniacs, vintage pop and folk rock elements are used for artistic visions and not as ends in themselves. Running from hippie imaginary to the surreal collecting of fetishes, dream mechanisms or the simple pleasures of gathering together. This one should appeal to lovers of psychedelic pop in all of its forms over the decades.

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