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Seventeen Evergreen – Lunar One EP

(Lucky Number) UK release date: 23 July 2007

San Francisco spacecakes Seventeen Evergreen offer up five tracks of sun-tinged psychedelic chillout on this neat little package, a welcome add-on to their recent debut album Life Embarrasses Me On Planet Earth.

Dreamy and gentle, it weaves through the kind of acid casualty spacerock soundscapes that would be much appreciated on the last afternoon of a sun-drenched festival after too much pear cider as you lie on the hillside and wonder where you left your brain.

Opener Lunar One (the video for which was shot on a mini moon in Brooklyn) starts off as almost country-splashed cornfield pop, with Caleb Pate’s ethereal vocals lulling you into a false sense of security while Nephi Evans backs up this fragile and temporary security.

Second track Burn The Fruit is faster and more modern in its sound, with more of a house rhythm but, unfortunately, is the EP’s one weak point, a little out of pace with the rest of the package.

Things get back on track with third number Atlas, which recreates the sound of your brain dribbling out of your ears, as Nephi’s feminine vocals feature more prominently in the mix over a hypnotic beat. Its successor, Andromedan Dream Of An Octaroon, remixed by London-based fellow ethereal electricians Corker Conboy, takes the tempo even slower, does away with the vocals completely and floats away in a Spiritualised haze.

Beware of final track Constellation, remixed by one-time Arthur Brown collaborator Roger O’Donnell (who has also worked with The Thomspon Twins, The Cure and The Psychedelic Furs, amongst others): there’s a danger it could send you truly demented if you were in the mood to feel slightly paranoid. It’s the best thing here, mind, by quite a long way.

All in all, this is a lovely little package. Trip-pop rather than hop, it’s music to lie back to as you close your eyes and think of Tipi Field. Don’t you feel more relaxed already?

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