The Chemistry Set — The Endless More and More
(Fruits de Mer Winkle 21, 2016, LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-01-06
After releasing their Elapsed Memories EP on Fruits de Mer in Feb 2015, The Chemistry Set returned to the studio to complete the recording for their next album, The Endless More and More. The new album contains twelve original songs, including “Elapsed Memories” from the EP. The result is a playful collection of pop psych / acid pop / psych songs. The opening song “The Splendour of the Universe” sounds like it could be the theme song to a Brit sci-fi show like Red Dwarf. “The Fountains of Neptune” is another excursion into the cosmos with some wonderful organ riffs, Mellotron, and trippy psych guitar work. “International Rescue” sounds like a grafting of the Byrds, Love, and the Beatles, complete with jangling guitars. “Time to Breathe” takes a bit of time to develop, but it eventually grows on you. “Come Kiss Me Vibrate and Smile” is a superb garage psych song reminiscent of The Animals. “Winter Sun” is pure acid folk and “Albert Hoffman” is a lysergic trip to the fair. There is such a variety of song styles on this album. Perhaps my favorite is the closing “The Open Window.” This song is six minutes of raga rock with tabla and drones. The band continues to improve, and though they continue to experiment with what they have mined from the 60s, their music gives impression of that era without sounding derivative.
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