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The See See – ‘Once, Forever and Again’ album review

Another jangly, psychedelic pop trip from the London quintet that’s sunny enough to make you forget the incoming winter

The See See – Once, Forever and Again
By Tom Huddleston |

Hang on, isn’t it November? Why are we suddenly awash in sunshine pop? Following hot on the heels of fellow psychedelicist Martin Carr’s luminescent ‘The Breaks’, paisley-shaded Londoners The See See’s third LP offers jangling, California-kissed bliss more suited to a top-down cruise through Topanga Canyon than a rainy night in Soho.
As with previous See See outings (including the recent compilation that saw them become the first contemporary band to be signed to legendary American reissue label Sundazed), ‘Once, Forever and Again’ is more concerned with reviving the past than breaking new ground. But when the songs are this tight, sweet and perfectly formed, who needs novelty?
‘400 Miles’ is an early charmer, steeped in shy folkish calm (despite lifting a lyric from Neil Young’s ferociously protest-y ‘Ohio’), while ‘Ynys Las’ is as swooningly Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci-inspired as its Welsh title implies. But it’s the upbeat numbers that reign supreme here: ‘Over and Under’ is a skip down Scally-pop lane, while ‘Featherman’ adds phased cellos for a touch of queasy psychodrama. It may not give you a winter tan, but ‘Once, Forever and Again’ might be the closest many of us get to a beach holiday this side of springtime.

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