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Main » 2006 » November » 25 » The Smell Of Incense (Norway)
The Smell Of Incense (Norway)
    Smell Of Incense (Norway) - 1994 - All Mimsy Were The Borogoves

Tracks :
1 Intro
2 Alice
3 Faerie Emerald
4 Fancy
5 Christopher's Journey
6 (The Smell Of) Interstellar Overdrive
7 Witch's Hat
8 Shrine
9 Outro

Bumble B. - viola, voc
Ernie Chung - g, b, voc
Han Solo - b, org, mell
Cool Kat - dr
Lumpy Davy - g, sitar, voc

Some info~from Planet Mellotron
Until I heard them, I was under the impression that The Smell of Incense were 'just another Scandinavian prog band'. Not a bit of it. They mix'n'match influences from all over, but are most easily described as 'psychedelic', whatever you take that to mean. Some of the members had known each other since the mid-'70s, unbelievably, and after putting out various odd releases in the '80s as Famlende Forsøk, they put the SoI together in the mid-'80s with a remit to be as 'psychedelic' as possible, with the intention of recording an album of '60s psych classics.

Somewhere along the line, however, they started writing their own material, ending up with the compromise that is All Mimsy Were the Borogoves (Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky', of course). Of the seven tracks on board, they ended up with three covers (The Kinks' Fancy, The Incredible String Band's Witch's Hat and a heavily customised version of Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive), plus another three where they put their music to someone else's lyrics (Faerie Emerald, from Edmund Spenser's 'Faerie Queen', Christopher's Journey from A.A.Milne's 'Winnie the Pooh' and a late-'60s Peter Hammill poem, Shrine, previously not set to music).

The band obviously refuse to use any equipment produced later than, say, 1972, with the end result being a marvellously 'authentic' late-'60s album. Well, nearly. Mellotron choirs didn't exist until 1972, but who's arguing when they sound this good? Their only wholly 'in-house' number, Alice, has some very background 'Tron strings, but the flute melody and strings on Faerie Emerald are right at the front of the mix, with background choirs. More choirs on Christopher's Journey and Shrine, although Interstellar Overdrive is more of a trippy organ jam, different enough from the original to justify the band's collective co-writing credit. Incidentally, the 'Tron (it seems they own one) was played by 'Han Solo', one of several nom-de-plumes used by the band, for reasons best known to themselves.

The band have released a handful of singles, in various formats, all of which consist of covers of obscure psych classics. 1994 brought their version of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's The Smell of Incense (wondered where they'd got their name), backed with HMS Bounty's A Visit With Ashiya ('67 and '69 respectively). As I've heard neither track in its original version, comparisons are not so much pointless as impossible, but they both sound pretty damn' good here, with some 'Tron strings and a smattering of choirs on the 'b'.

Band's Story Here

Smell Of Incense (Norway) - 1994 - A Visit With Ashiya [7'']

01 - The Smell Of Incense
02 - A Visit With Ashiya

Smell Of Incense (Norway) - 1995 - Why Did I Get So High [7'']

01 - Why Did I Get So High
02 - If Not This Time
03 - Coming Down

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