The Strange Flowers - "Ortoflorovivaistica"
(Beyond Your Mind Records 2006, BYMR 40010, CD / Nasoni Records 2006, NASONI052, LP)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations June 2006

The Strange Flowers are an Italian band from Pisa, Italy who play 60's inspired psychedelic rock. The band released its first single in 1990 and it's debut LP in 1994 before disappearing for 10 years and reappearing with two albums in the last 3 years. This is the latest, on CD, and with an LP release on the great Nasoni Label in a very beautiful gatefold sleeve. The album begins with Mars Behind Our Eyes, a cool psyched out track with a beautiful dreamy sound. John On The Moon is more of a folk ballad type thing with a bit of a spaced out sound. The Ghost In Your Room is next and a really cool song. This is where the record really takes off into its own sort of Syd Barrett early Pink Floyd inspired vibe. The Spider In The Clock ends side 1 and is very Syd Barrett influenced. Side B begins with My Garden, a short track with some really nice wah guitar. Strange Girl is a nearly 17 minute track that begins with some beautiful and melodic guitar as the track winds its way around your mind and casually develops into a really psychedelic soundscape trip. Very cool way to end the record. Amazing track. For those who dig Syd Barrett, The Pretty Things, early Pink Floyd, Baby Woodrose.

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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