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Nick Nicely – 49 Cigars 7” EP

Fruits de Mer Records, the label whose slogan is, “it’s as if the last 40 years never happened”, serve up another round of superbly curated singles from a smattering of contemporary psychedelic bands. Nick Nicely starts us off with 49 Cigars, which is about the coolest thing I’ve heard all summer, is an ultra-retro jam-packed slab of pop akin to something The Dukes of Stratosphere might’ve put out.

It has the drones, the throbbing bass line, the flanged vocals, and the low-fi blips and bleeps, as well as plenty of reverse guitar lines that sent me to seventh heaven. There is a live version of this track on this 7” EP that is also killer, but here the sound is less pop and blossoms into an almost Helios Creed Master Blaster type vibe.

I can only imagine what this band is like to see live as it’s pretty heavy, heady stuff. The other track worth mentioning is a song entitled ‘Belinda’, which is an amazing jam-packed tune that feels as if you were launched back in time and were able to listen to someone slowly turning the AM radio dial from station to station.

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