NEON LIGHTS SPECIAL: MERCURY REV — MUSIC FOR MUSIC’S SAKE

by Jazreel-Anne
by Jazreel-Anne

And then just for a moment/You’re lost in the jukebox glow/Hypnotized you make your selections/Psychedelic rock and blue eyed soul (“Are You Ready?”)

For the first time in forever/I lay the needle down inside the groove/And for the first time in forever/I’m hearing bands like they’re all brand new (“Rainy Day Record”)

by Jazreel-Anne
by Jazreel-Anne

Two songs that caught my ear on The Light in You, the first Mercury Rev LP since 2008. Which is about the length of time since I saw the band in concert (at Baybeats 2007 at the Esplanade Concert Hall). The hiatus seems to have invigorated Jonathan Donahue & Grasshopper (aka Sean Mackowiak) – the prime movers behind these veteran psychedelic-folk-rockers – as evident on the new album as well as their electrifying performance at the Neon Lights Festival on 29th November at Fort Canning Park.

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