Psychedelic-rock

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (Track)

Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1967

THE ONLY sounds I have heard comparable to those produced on Jimi Hendrix’s first LP, Are You Experienced, are those electrical storms received by Jodrell Bank!

Hendrix is a new dimension in electrical guitar music, launching what amounts to a one-man assault upon the nerve cells.

The LP is a brave effort by Hendrix to produce a musical form which is original and exciting.

SIDE 1
‘FOXEY LADY’. A musical nightmare with frightening escalations on the guitar—the instrument whines, cries and shrieks. Hendrix vocal rasps and whispers like an earthquake sound.

'MANIC DEPRESSION’. The track described as “raw nerves on record” is a sound assault upon the mind. Ugly guitar, penetrating bass and solid drum patterns.

'RED HOUSE’. A more orthodox approach to what might be termed “talking blues"—a low, dirty bass sound with Hendrix grunting encouragement into his guitar. Finished with Jimi asking, "How’s that one?” and producer Chas Chandler replying, “You should put that out.”

'CAN YOU SEE ME’. Hendrix at his guitaromobile again. Mitchell scattering sticks in all directions—you try to understand the lyric!

'LOVE OR CONFUSION’. An electrical neurosis—more messages from the subconscious. Incredible sound from three men.

'I DON’T LIVE TODAY’. And it’s “hi ho Infinity” back into Space and Time. No room for thought, only feeling—heavy drum patterns—pass the aspirins.

SIDE 2
'MAY THIS BE LOVE’. Starts off as if you’re playing it at the wrong speed, and then becomes the only number you could call “pretty” on the LP.

'FIRE’. “Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire.” I understood this lyric, and the sound is another monument to that radiophonlc workshop on two legs—Hendrix guitar extraordinary!

'THIRD STONE FROM THE SUN’. This is an incredible, long track which leaves me wondering what the heck it’s all about! You can have fun speeding up the voices that are slowed, in order to hear what they are really saying. I think I left my mind in there somewhere.

'REMEMBER’. Hendrix vocal in there happily husking along as a prop for his guitar—teeny bopper song?

'ARE YOU EXPERIENCED’. Hendrix squeezing every ounce of electrical emotion out of his guitar—I leave the lyrical interpretation to the medical men!

Jimi Hendrix in his London flat for The Sunday Times, August 1967. Photo by Terence Donovan.

“I love Pink Floyd! I like the album with the triangle on it the best.”

“Pink Floyd is just over-glorified elevator music”

“Roger Waters sucks/is a big baby”

“Roger Waters should stay out of politics and focus on his music”

“Who’s Syd Barrett?”

“Pink Floyd is really just too weird”

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Pond - Sweep Me Off My Feet

Sweep Me Off My Feet is the first single off Pond’s new album The Weather
Out on Marathon Artists on 5th May. The video direction was done by Matt Sav.

Pond is a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 2008. Featuring a revolving line-up, the band currently consists of Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joe Ryan and Jamie Terry.

Pond often shares its members with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala. Jay Watson is a full member of both acts, while Pond band leader Nick Allbrook contributed to both bands from 2009 until 2013. Current Tame Impala members Kevin Parker, Cam Avery and Julien Barbagallo are all former members of Pond, with Parker continuing to work with the band as its record producer.

Lyrics

Sweep Me Off My Feet
Hey, you, I’m not bold or cool or masculine,
Maybe you’re just waiting for the perfect Latin lover to walk in,
I’m not him.
Between my penis and my chin is Camembert and shame,
I used to be elegantly thin, I’m sorry babe, we both missed that train,
Oh, no, if I follow you all your girlfriends will know,
then i’ll wind up with the other fools waiting,
wasting his time following you ‘round,
another lonely guy with longing in his eye,
but you said your man was bringing you down.

Someone sweep me off my feet,
i am not an angel, i’m barely a man,
I’m lonely but I’m here,
Baby, understand,
Someone sweep me off my feet.