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Paul Parrish: psychedelic folk-pop with a whopping great smile - The Audiophile Man
Title: The Forest of My Mind Label: Mapache Released in 1968 and now reissued for the first time on vinyl, this selection of folk-pop has a lightness of touch that is almost marshmallow in its fluffiness. The songs display a melodic attractiveness that recalls songs from the likes of Donovan. There’s that same psychedelic edge that Donovan had while Parrish also manages to access strings to give his work bulk and richness. There’s plenty of psychedelic arrangements here, especially the title track, added to pastoral, hippie-esque lyrical imagery to boot. What really comes through, though, more than the music, more than the arrangements, more even than the songs themselves is Parrish himself. This guy is a happy chappy. His generally optimistic nature never sounds false or put on in any way. He has a genuinely sunshine aspect about his personality. So much so that you really believe in him and his view on life. It’s a bit like watching 20 TV episodes of The Monkees. After a while you get so into it, you think that anything is possible and that we should all be smiling and singing all of the time. Parrish is the epitome of ‘nice’ but not in …