LSD obsessed Finns Jess and The Ancient Ones are a band I have been meaning to check out for some while, and with an album coming out on Svart Records on December 4th, that time is now. Mind you, if I had heard this release and then been told it had come out on December 4th 1967 I wouldn’t have been surprised. There is no getting round the fact that lead singer Jess has a voice with very similar qualities and tones to Grace Slick, and early Jefferson Airplane would be a good comparison for the whole sound and feel of this album.
The freak flag is flown with pride throughout this record, with Charles Manson referenced and sampled on ‘Wolves Inside My Head’ and hallucinogenics celebrated on several tracks, including the epic closing number ‘Goodbye To Virgin Grounds Forever’.
A general rule of thumb on ”Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes” is the more ‘out there’ the song title the better the actual song, with ‘In Levitating Secret Dreams’ being the first tune here to really grab you.
Things really take off, though, on the fabulously named ‘The Equinox Death Trip’ which gallops along like a collective nightmare dreamt up by Hawkwind and The Fields of the Nephilim. It’s as heady a piece of acid-fried hokum as I can remember hearing this century. And that’s a large part of this bands appeal, they are so committed to this stuff, they really do sound like they’re bringing you this as part of what used to known as the counter-cultural agenda.
Every track wishes to pull you into the centre of some drug-fuelled ceremony, until you are span giddy and intoxicated, ready to give yourself over to the cause. Not every song here is especially memorable, but what this album has is a pleasingly consistent vibe.
Jess and The Ancient Ones want to blow your minds, as old fashioned as that may sound. The Finns of course are a famously eccentric race, but there’s not really an air of novelty or artifice surrounding these songs, there’s not a moment where the mask slips and the band give a cheeky wink and start playing a Kiss cover.
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