Wednesday, August 06, 2014
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! New week, and the new Pick is Chicago's own The Red Plastic Buddha! Their new album, Songs for Mara, is out via their own Space Cat Records label!
On this, their third album, Tim Ferguson has once again managed the miraculous: assembling yet another lineup of stellar players assisting him in his singular -and forceful, vision. On offer is twelve tracks of heady psychedelia even the most jaded among us will enjoy and appreciate for quite some time. My guarantee. Beginning with the hurricane that is "She's An Alien," through to the pulsating "Little White Pills," Tim & Co. show they're ALL in service to the song and the craft of same. The strumming Bowie-esque "Being Human" allows those of you who don't know Tim very well a glimpse of what this man is capable of, and his strength as an observer of the human condition. He knows better than most the universal laws of yin and yang and this track is a summa. In case you failed to notice on prior albums, and continuing here, Tim also believes strongly in paying homage (and the mechanical royalties) to the forefathers of psychedelia by including at least one cover version. Here he's chosen Love's "A House Is Not A Motel" and the passion shows for the original and their remake. "Cosmonaut" is as propulsive as the title suggests.
While perhaps it isn't the easiest route to creating and sharing one's vision, the ability nonetheless to assemble and reassemble people willing to assist in making it happen shows just how much Tim Ferguson's gravitational pull on good people really is. Stand up for the good guy here and try it, then buy it.
You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every other Thursday from 11pm to 1 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.
Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!