Records - The Fast Camels (4 stars)


The Magic Optician (Neon Tetra Records)


Hailing from Glasgow, The Fast Camels pay a psychedelic tribute to the 60s in their energetic debut album. Guitar heavy, with mature harmonies and strong rhythms, the band are unashamedly influenced by the likes of Love and Pink Floyd. However, there’s enough variety to make this more than a pastiche: the songs range from tales of characters such as ‘Big Daddy Smythe’ to the anguished pleas of ‘Privately Insane’. The pace is brisk, even on the slower tracks, making The Magic Optician feel like a jolly whirlwind trip round intelligent minds perusing the world around them. Floyd would be proud.

(Siân Bevan)

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