VIDEO PREMIERE: THE GENTLE CYCLE “FOLLOW LIGHT”
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South Bay record store Record Recycler has resurrected the 2017 LP by the Gentle Cycle, the psych band led by Derek See who’s lately been spotted on guitar/vocals in the Rain Parade, the Chocolate Watchband and more. (And of course Derek’s (now) Occasional 45 blog, an Internet record archaeology classic.) The first press sold through back then, but now it’s back on very appropriate technicolor splatter vinyl, courtesy Record Recycler’s Roy Kaiser. The video here (by Gil De Ray) is sort of technically re-premiering, but it’s all about making the old new again—which is probably why he Gentle Cycle’s Creation Records-friendly paisley psychedelia still sounds so fresh. (Fans of the Telescopes in particular—get into this.) “Follow Light” itself is about taking the chance to take a step forwards, says See:
“It’s about those moments in life where we know we need to make major changes to break free and be happy, and the uneasiness of the feelings that others may be affected and hurt by those decisions—and the internal struggle of, ‘Should we sacrifice who we are to keep others happy?'”