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    Fifty Foot Hose – Cauldron

    October 27th, 2020

    Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron

    Fifty Foot Hose was a San Francisco psychedelic rock / electronics band that originally operated for a hot minute in the late 1960s. A little bit more short-lived and obscure than your average goldfish, they released only one single and an LP on the Limelight label, which was better known for its experimental electronic fare. Titled Cauldron, it proffered a Jefferson Airplane-like sound combined with primitive, chattering and pinging electronics. 

”And After” pops open the disc with nothing more than two minutes worth of low, pulsing, distorted electronics. The Airplane influence appears most obviously on “If Not This Time,” with its San Francisco-style dry strum and doubled female vocals, which were fortunately sprinkled with odd, flitting electronics and a homely melody. A short, Joe Byrd-like electronic ambience called “Opus 777” appears for all of 22 seconds, followed by more Airplane during “Things That Concern You” but with male vocals. “Opus 11” shows off more short flitting electronics, while “Red the Sign Post” brings forth some raw garage rock with distorted guitars.

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