Neon Pearl – 1967 Recordings – 1967


This collection of obscure British psychedelia has a pleasantly foggy, ethereal feel. There are steadily jangling guitars, accomplished subdued distortion and effects, pulsating riffs, dreamy lyrics (“Dream Scream” is one title), and attractive vocal harmonies, with occasional harmonium tossing in an unusual spice. It fits the cliché of being suitable background music for launching into a meditative doze, or for an altered state of consciousness using specific substances. There’s also a serious-mindedness to the mood that, while sincere, would probably never be adapted by a post-20th century band unless it was done with a certain amount of irony totally missing here. What’s to complain about? Not much, but the songs themselves are on the monotonous and undeveloped side, sounding more like grooves to work off of than fully realized compositions. The tracks could be viewed as vague forerunners of a more modern form of Terrastock-era psychedelic-influenced ambient and trance rock. But the absence of better songs confines this to the realm of specialists, and excludes it from the upper reaches of the better obscure late-’60s British psychedelic music that might be considered for exploration by collectors.

-ALBUM INFORMATION “1967 Recordings”:

All tracks written by Peter Dunton.
01. What You See – 4:57
02. Dream Scream – 4:22
03. Out Of Sight – 6:57
04. Just Another Day – 3:47
05. Forever – 5:19
06. Going With The Flow – 5:36
07. Urban Ways – 3:59
08. Going Back – 4:06
09. Dream – 2:19
20. Nothing To Say – 1:54

– Peter Dunton – vocals, drums, acoustic guitar, keyboards
– Bernard Jinks – bass guitar, backing vocals
– Nick Spenser – guitar, harmonium, keyboards

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