It doesn’t take very long into “The Splendour Of The Universe” from “The Endless More and More” to realize that The Chemistry Set are a band from another time. They aren’t influenced by psychedelic rock from 1968, they sound like they are FROM 1968. Whether it’s the harmonies, the use of vintage keys, the pounding double-time snare, or even a well placed trumpet, The Chemistry Set are fully engulfed in the sound of the late ’60s, just before prog rock exploded.
Back in the late ’60s, bands were changing rapidly. Remember Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett? The Chemistry Set often remind me of them. “Walking thru the fountains of Neptune, I don’t hear a sound.” Syd would be proud! And the key to why The Chemistry Set really do such justice to psychedelic rock is that it is AUTHENTIC. This isn’t a band that views it as some sort of fad and it doesn’t sound like an imitation. The songs, the melodies and the arrangements all work together to create music that sounds like you’ve just discovered a long lost slab of vinyl from back then.
What’s also interesting to me is that I am not a huge fan of psych rock but if you have songs like the completely acoustic “Winter Sun,” you cannot deny how good this band is at what they do. It’s just a great song. “Albert Hoffman” sounds like a decendent of “Arnold Layne.” And the closer “The Open Window” has a middle eastern vibe which hints at the other directions that psych bands would explore as the 70s dawned.
Another thing I should mention is that I am reviewing a vinyl release. The good folks at Fruits de Mer Records are releasing this album the way it really should be released, on vinyl. It’s the proper medium for these songs and this band. The Chemistry Set have created an album that’s as addictive as any drug from the late 60s. Once you’ve listened to it over and over, you’ll understand why it’s called “The Endless More and More.”
1. The Splendour Of The Universe
2. The Fountains of Neptune
3. International Rescue
4. Time to Breathe
5. Come Kiss Me Vibrate and Smile
6. Winter Sun
7. Albert Hoffman
8. A Cure for the Inflicted Afflicted
9. The Canyon of the Crescent Moon
10. Crawling Back to You
11. Elapsed Memories
12. The Open Window