The Clean – Mister Pop

September 19, 2009

theclean“I’m not here for a long time / I’m just here for a good time…”

New Zealand band the Clean has been around, on and off, since 1978, but their current record has influences that stretch back a decade or so earlier than that. With songs entitled “Are You Really on Drugs?,” “In the Dream Life U Need a Rubber Soul” and “Moonjumper,” the observant track listing reader may guess there’s a least a modicum of psychedelic influence on the proceedings, and as it turns out, there’s quite a lot. Mister Pop fuses breezy, charming pop, often Kinks inspired, to a dreamy, almost hallucingenic like music, with dreamy vocals and a distinctly Eastern influence on some tracks. It’s inspired stuff, and it’s great fun to listen to, the kind of music that one won’t fully appreciate with just a single listen. Recommended for fans of experimental and psychedelic infused pop. Standout cuts: “Loog,” “Are You Really on Drugs?,” “In the Dream Life U Need a Rubber Soul” and “Simple Fix.”

http://www.mergerecords.com/artists/clean

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