Thursday, June 19, 2014

Your Ears Will Start To Ring and Life Will Sing

The Factory is back again for the second day in a row.  This is their first single - Path Through The Forest - from 1968. Though a bit less aggressive than Try A Little Sunshine, it more than makes up for that with its overall soundscape, which could be from another dimension, or another planet, or even the future.   In fact it really does sound as if it could have come from an alternative band from thirty years forward.  The processed vocal technique is the real kicker.  It makes it seem as if the singer is rooms (or miles) away, and his voice is broadcast over some ancient speaker technology.  The subject matter seems to relate to a hallucinogenic journey through some mystical forest, though you are free to reach your own conclusions.

If you google the band and song name, you will see quite a few blog posts that consider this one of the absolute greatest 60s psych singles.  And frankly I cannot disagree.  It creates its own little world and takes me someplace I have never been before.

You've got to slow down now
or you'll grow cold.
Leap past the flowers that sleep,
The hours that spring those old
Shadows confuse you
and silence is loud
you're reaching for the light
you're losing sight

You've just got to swing past the forest
where colours can blind you
and everything finds you
it can drive you insane

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