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Fuchsia — Song
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 80, 2017, 2x7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-09-09

Song Cover art

Celebrating 50 years of Tony Durant’s (Fuchsia’s main man) recorded music, Fruits de Mer released a double 7-inch vinyl set this July. The first Fuchsia album saw the light in 1971 and has continued to be reissued as a forgotten psych-folk classic. Song comes in a sliver gatefold sleeve and provides seven career-spanning songs. The set opens with “Look at the Sun,” a 1967 demo track released on acetate by his first band, Louise, that also happened to include Chris Cutler in its line-up. The music is a trippy 60s psych pop snapshot in time that reminds me a bit of the Monkees’ “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone.” The second track on side one is “The Band,” a British psych pop song demo by Fuchsia that pre-dates their first LP. This psych song also includes a wonderful galloping violin break. Side two contains “The Only Song” from Fuchsia I, an energetic song with an extended jam and a bass line sounding a bit like Primus. Side three contains two tracks from Fuchsia II, “Piper at the Gates of Time” and “Fuchsia Song.” “Piper at the Gates of Time” is a superb psychedelic journey with a mid-Eastern vibe and “Fuchsia Song” is an upbeat pscyh folk rock song with a catchy melody sounding somewhat like Roy Harper. Side four closes the set with two songs from Fuchsia III, “Box of Destiny” and “Just Another Song,” exclusive tracks from his next album. “Box of Destiny” with its violin work draws some comparisons to String Driven Thing and “Just Another Song” is a psych ballad that captures the essence of late period Beatles. This release is exclusive to FdM and a wonderful introduction to the magical musical world of Fuchsia.


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