POSTCARDS FROM THE DEEP | FRUITS DE MER | box set
Product Code: (CRUSTACEAN 58)
700 copies worldwide
Keith Jones (FdM)...It started out as an effort to find out whether playable postcards, like the ones pressed in Poland in the 60s featuring The Beatles, are still being made (it turns out they are, but pinning down samples, schedules and costs is another thing entirely, so that idea fizzled out). ‘Postcards From The Deep’ then twisted and turned over many months and has ended up as 10 tracks on 10 clear flexidiscs, by a bunch of artists who really should know better - including The Thanes, Astralasia, The Loons, Schizo Fun Addict, Crystal Jacqueline and The Luck Of Eden Hall (Fred Laird from Earthling Society also introduces his new band, The Crawlin’ Hex, on this release).
Each 7” square flexi comes with its own 7” square colour postcard, which is nice.
The music – all covers – was originally going to be raw ‘freakbeat’, that could somehow burn through the limitations of a postcard, but i struggled to explain what i wanted to the bands, so the recordings have twisted and turned as well – ‘Postcards From The Deep’ now ranges from psych to surf, fuzz to freakbeat, garage rock to krautrock (of sorts) and ends with a TV theme – yes, it’s another case of same old, same old from Fruits de Mer.
Now we all know that flexidiscs used to leave a bit to be desired when it came to ‘audio quality’, well.......although they’re better than i remember, they still do – so it seemed like a good idea to include a CD that compiles all the recordings into one place; the only thing is that a few of the bands took the opportunity to do something a little different with their contributions for the CD – such as extend their ‘flexi recordings’ a little here and there, add vocals to an instrumental, take a 3 minute track and extend it to 11 minutes – that sort of thing.
The clambox and postcards artwork is by the rather wonderful Mick Dillingham.
The whole thing doesn’t come cheap - £27; while flexis have still got their limitations, they’ve certainly got more expensive. This is the closest Fruits de Mer is getting to its Annual this year – in fact it IS the 2015 Annual, it’s just not called that. I hope you like it – remember, it IS Christmas, or it will be by the time I’ve finished compiling all the boxes.
1. The Luck Of Eden Hall 'Psychotic Reaction' (Count Five) 2:47 2. The Loons 'Celestial Empire' (Dragonfly) 3:19 3. The Crawlin’ Hex ‘I'm A Living Sickness' (Calico Wall) 3:30 4. The Thanes - 'LSD' (The Pretty Things) 2:38 5. The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies 'Time Machine' (Satori ) 3:00 6. The Past Tense 'Soul Fiction' (The Hippies) 4:06 7. Schizo Fun Addict 'Take A Heart' (The Sorrows) 3:41 8. Crystal Jacqueline 'You Just Gotta Know My Mind' (Dana Gillespie/Donovan) 2:46 9. Astralasia - ‘Brainticket' (Brainticket) 3:40 10. Icarus Peel - 'The Avengers' Theme (Laurie Johnson)
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