Whimsical Aussie pagan folk heroes from The Dandelion return for a much appreciated 2nd release, entitled Seeds Flowers and Magical Powers.
The songs are a roughly hewn mix of 60s garage rock, Hendrix styled flower-power and flute-y mysticism. It’s all gone a bit Alice In Wonderland. Either that or chicks in Mary Quant dresses on Carnaby Street. Truth be told, The Dandelion dance seriously close to the edge of parody. Yet thankfully, though they may teeter, they never actually make that disastrous slip. Judging the fine line between homage and a lack of originality they manage to shine with style, elegance and fun.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:
‘I Stole the Medicine Man’ sets the scene with a fuzzy Austin Powers love-in.
‘In The Shadow Of Light’ bristles with a shuffling dance beat and breathy vocals. Spritely keyboards and hand-claps add to the urgency. A highly evocative ode to swirling 60s pop.
‘Malkaus’ has a sitar-y twang before succumbing to an insistent surf clatter. It could easily be the theme tune to a swinging sixties adventure show. That, friends, is a mighty fine thing. Best track on the album, hands down.
‘Garden Witchcraft’ slows things down; mariachi guitars underneath a rambling, mysterious melody.
‘Goddess Yhi’ features blurting keys that conjures Super Mario in the stomping, ragged drama of a Leone Western. Or imagine a chiptunes version of The Shadows.
‘Here & Gone’ stretches the formula as thin as possible with nebulous, listless vocals and a plaintiff guitar.
Bright, fair-ground organs blare throughout the album, giving a glorious technicolour garage rock hue.
A huge part of The Dandelion’s appeal is the music is quite simply a lot of fun. Each song is a charming little nugget, it may not be terribly original but it will put a smile on your face. Remember as a child when you would watch Scooby Doo every week despite knowing it wasn’t a ghost? It’s a similar thing here. The sheer weight of the charm outweighs the deficiencies.