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Flower Machine, the / Chalk Dust Dream of the Tea Co
Album:Chalk Dust Dream of the Tea Co Collection:General
Artist:Flower Machine, the Added:05/2004
Label:Microindie Records 

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Add Date:2004-09-20 Pull Date:2004-11-21 
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Album Review
Mandy Khoshnevisan
Reviewed 2004-08-05 
Chalk Dust Dream of the Tea Cozy Mitten Company

Mellow, warm, happy-go-lucky nonsensical 60s pop with soft British-esque vox. Hug everyone! Like variations on “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”: long silly names of songs, with childishly nonsensical images. (also said to be inspired by CA “psych-country” bands, and the Clientele.) Mostly flowing midtempos, a pleasantly blended mix of acoustic guitars and some elec. guitars with fluty “Mellotron” synths, other fun stuff. (note: not, apparently, actually from England—it’s just the aesthetic.)

1. (2:12) driving on a perfect shady day—midtempo acoustic guitars and perc
2. (5:00) more Mellotron synth and elec. guitars
3. (0:10) short fluty mellotron piece
4. *(3:06) a funky bassline, catchy
5. (2:50) “the city’s such a happy scene, it gets you high”—warm and squishy
6. (0:32) warm synth accordion morphs to metallic crashes
7. *(2:26) bit faster, energetic, twangy, some spacy noises
8. (2:42) grooovy: birdcalls, Mellotron, buzzy guitar, “airplane” sounds
9. *(2:44) shake those tambourines! Faster, w/ heavier bassline; sitar at end
10. *(4:16) slower, echoing, bell-like guitars; train stations in the misty rain
11. (2:18) folksy acoustic strumming over cushy sound bed (tune quotes Brahms’ lullaby?)

—Reviewed by mandy (la chanteuse)


Track Listing
1.Live Oak Road 6.I Control the European Indus
2.In the Glow 7.L.A. in the Rain
3.The Sea Is a Mellotron Tramp 8.How to Fly An Aeroplane
4.I Am the Coelacanth 9.Why not Stop and Have Some T
5.It's So Nice 10.British Rail
 11.Bluebirds