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3.93 | 499 ratings

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In a sense, these lyrics from Flying Teapot summarize this album in two different ways. The first is obvious; this album is a little bit unusual. But what else could you expect from an album called 'Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 1: Flying Teapot'? If the title of the album didn't give it away, then surely the cover art, with some yellow men in a yellow teapot that is flying should have done so. If even that hasn't convinced you of the albums zaniness, then the track listing should have.

The second thing is that this is an album that you are going to want to keep coming back to. Jam packed full of psychedelic soundscapes, catchy vocals, and oft-times hilarious lyrics, this is an album that definitely rewards the listener. I don't do drugs, but it definitely sounds like one of those albums that would spawn some 'crazy trips'.

What exactly is Flying teapot about? Pothead Pixies coming from outer space in a Flying Teapot to broadcast the 'Radio Gnome Invisible' directly into peoples heads to teach them about the amazingness of planet Gong, or some such nonsense, is what I've picked up. Definitely a concept that will bring about hours of amusement.

The song writing is top notch, however. The short songs say what they have to say and catch the ear at the same time. "I am you are we are crazy" will echo in your head for hours after listening to the track Pothead Pixies. The two longer tracks (Flying Teapot and Zero the Hero and the Witch's Spell) both have more psychedelic soundscapes than the rest of the album, which of course works well with this album's content. Witch's Song/I Am Your Pussy is a surprisingly well crafted song, switching between female vocals and male vocals with mischievous horns running underneath.

Overall, this is an excellent album that I would highly recommend.

TheGazzardian | 4/5 |


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