From a label that specialises in bands producing new versions of classic psych-pop, prog and spacerock comes a tribute to the Beatles’ White Album. It’s a pretty niche market but one that FdM have solidly worked out, so this double EP is likely to disappear faster than chips from Eric Pickles’ plate. The songs are great, we know that, but it’s the way they’re played here that holds our interest. The Seventh Ring of Saturn, from Atlanta, and Chicago’s The Luck of Eden Hall, go for fast and dinky r’n’r versions of 'Everybody’s Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey)’ and ‘Savoy Truffle’ respectively, while elsewhere you’ll find psychedelic mutations caused by solar radiation. The UK’s Cranium Pie take all the faster bits out of ‘The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill’ and create a hallucinatory mazewalk of bizarre musics that would work as a soundtrack for one of the more outré episodes of The Prisoner. But the star turn is the Pretty Things, ancient sonic mariners who rail against the dying of the light with their take on ‘Helter Skelter’; this comprises dense layers of droning guitars that create a powerful feeling of imminent apocalypse and also the sense that they’ve infiltrated Led Zeppelin into the Beatles.
These are no Mojo-style reverent reinterpretations but some seriously out-there mindfucks, worth your attention just for that. Mental, in this context, is a complement.