Plastic Mermaids reveal reimagined acoustic versions of tracks taken from their dazzling debut album ‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’
Single ‘Milk’ out now & full package including ‘I Still Like Kelis’ released on limited edition 7” picture disc on 5th May 2020 (via Sunday Best Recordings)
"Plastic Mermaids run wild with a dozen ideas at once and strike gold every time.” THE SUNDAY TIMES
“These guys have nailed a mix of space-rock, psychedelia, folk and chamber pop that has been winning over fans around the UK.” THE INDEPENDENT
“Perforating a gigantic chamber pop sound with woozy hues of space rock and ornate orchestral flairs, Plastic Mermaids brandishes a richly-textured blueprint that few can replicate.” THE 405
“Plastic Mermaids, from the Isle of Wight, have steadily built a rare and glittering world that stretches far beyond their island vistas, one that’s gravitational pull is irresistible.” LONDON IN STEREO
“If you close your eyes, ‘Floating in a Vacuum’ makes you feel like you're gazing far beyond the planetarium dome and into space itself. It’s a kind of heavenly body with a twinkling sense of wonderment and uncanny vocals that sound at once familiar, yet distinctly alien.” THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“Channeling The Flaming Lips, the woozy, otherwordly rocker ‘Floating in a Vacuum’ is full of cinematic, orchestral tones and shiny superb production.” CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Psychedelic in that neat, amateurish, deeply English sense, the group take hold of every aspect of their sound, right down to the effects they use.” CLASH
After a hugely successful 2019, Isle of Wight’s psychedelic art-pop band Plastic Mermaids are celebrating their incredible debut album's first birthday revealing the release of two acoustic tracks on a beautiful 7” picture disc. A perfect collector’s item!
Side A is a lovely stripped back version of ‘Milk’. Accompanied with ethereal piano and backing vocals, the different arrangements give new meaning to the fuzzy spaced out original.
Flip the disc over and you’re graced with a gorgeous acoustic rendition of ‘I Still Like Kelis’. With just an acoustic guitar and Doug and Flo’s delicate vocals, the track remains as heartfelt as it is joyous.
Keen to explore different versions of the tracks Douglas said, “When you’re making a song there’s always a million different options of how it can go and at some point in the journey you just have to decide which path you’re going down, you’re always left with niggles though of “ooh maybe it would’ve been better a different way” so it was really nice to have a moment to re-record these tracks from a different angle. I'd bought a new tape machine a while back, a Tascam 388, it’s a bit of a vibey cult classic. Used famously by Mac DeMarco, The Oh Sees, The Black Keys etc. and these tracks we’re my first recordings with that. I just wanted to do them live with no computer just to see if it still sounded like music.”
Previous singles from their debut album include ‘1996’, ‘Floating in a Vacuum’ and ‘I Still Like Kelis,’ all of which have been warmly received by fans and critics alike, supported at radio by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders & Huw Stephens, John Kennedy from Radio X (including a recent Xposure live session), BBC6 Music’s Lauren Laverne & Chris Hawkins. 2020 promises to be an exciting year for the band as they are currently working on new material.
In terms of musical influences, fans of The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Sparklehorse and Tame Impala will all find something to love in Plastic Mermaids richly-textured sound. This is amplified by their ecstatic live show as you see band members regularly swap instruments on stage, take violin bows to guitars and use megaphones to twist their sound. Their sparkly-gold cape adorned choir and mascot in the form of a mannequin covered head to toe in mirror ball tiles also nod to a sense of fun and adventure found similarly at a Flaming Lips show.
Most bands wouldn’t go to those sort of lengths for their art, but Plastic Mermaids aren’t like most bands. More than just a record, they have created their own very idiosyncratic world. On ‘Suddenly Everyone Explodes’, you can explore it for yourself.
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