Futuretripper

by Todd Parker and The Witches

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morecowbell17 Really diverse and trippy album as a whole, but if I have to pick a single highlight it's Pan American. Very unique with particularly killer guitar work! Favorite track: Pan American.
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Founder/guitarist/vocalist of the 90's neo-psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles, Todd Parker, returns with his 4th studio solo album and first since 2013.

INSTAGRAM - DANZOG (DECEMBER 2018)
danzog -Many of you will know Todd Parker’s name from his previous band, The Tadpoles, New Jersey psych-gazers who put out some blinding music throughout the nineties. (Look for ‘Use with headphones late at night.’) Todd’s latest project is this: Todd Parker and The Witches. This is their recent offering, a rip-stonker of an album, called ‘Futuretripper’. There are a range of styles included here, and I’m discovering hidden gems every time it gets a spin. Try track 3, ‘Sleeper’: layer upon layer of sweeping acoustic guitars with a lovely alt.country/Americana flavour, - all against a relentless backdrop of Spacemen3-style repeater... a song of sadness, yet somehow possessing a feeling of joy and optimism. Play track 9, ‘Careful what you wish’. This sounds like late Roger Waters era Pink Floyd. And if this song was on side two of ‘The Wall’, it would be one of my favourites on that monumental album.
This album is confirmation that three decades later, this guy has still got what it takes. That well of ideas is just as full as it ever was.
Todd Parker and The Witches - ‘Futuretripper’.

BLISS/AQUAMARINE - (#31/NOVEMBER 2018)

TODD PARKER AND THE WITCHES Futuretripper (Bakery)

Latest album from Todd Parker of Tadpoles' current project. Pareidolia is a laid back and flowing psychedelic piece with an ethereal swirling nature that hints at shoegaze. Futuretripper is hazy psych-rock shot through with a funky groove. Sleeper combines elements of American folk with heady echoey effects. Pan American juxtaposes vocal samples about relaxation and healing with heavy-hitting psych-rock. No-one Needs to Own the Light combines classic psych-rock with inventive use of vocoder. Ziggy is a brief instrumental interlude in which sparse classical guitar intertwines with swirling atmospheric ambience. Careful What You Wish brings together raw DIY Americana with shimmering dreampop-esque atmospherics. Emeryville has a more electronic emphasis, built around synths, samples and heavy beats, but completely avoids sounding like an out of place dance track, remaining instead just as psychedelic as everything else here. An inventive album that's eclectic yet cohesive and has much to appeal to fans of vintage and more modern interpretations of psychedelia.

FUTURETRIPPER -
10/10/18 Psychedelic Gew Gaw (Greece)

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Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για TODD PARKER Futuretripper

Todd Parker was the guitarist and singer of the outstanding psychedelic rock band Tadpoles, which acted mainly in the 90s. He used to send me the releases of Tadpoles, and indeed, in the tape Cosmic Monkeys released together with the 6th issue of gew-gaw (1998) there was Sense from their fourth album, Smoke Ghost. After the breakup of the band Parker began to record his own material and he has a very large collection of songs, most of which are in digital form. Futuretripper contains 11 new songs dominated by psychedelic rock sound, as was the case with Tadpoles. The most acid pan american, the electric ballad sleeper, as well as the slipping into thee mirror, ziggy, careful what you wish and the title track futuretripper are some excellent examples of our American friend.
Enjoy!

O Todd Parker ήταν ο κιθαρίστας και τραγουδιστής του εξαιρετικού ψυχεδελικού ροκ γκρουπ Tadpoles, το οποιο έδρασε κυρίως τα 90ς. Ο ίδιος συνήθιζε να μου στέλνει τις κυκλοφορίες των Tadploles και μάλιστα, στην κασετοσυλλογή Cosmic Monkeys του έκτου τευχους του gew-gaw (1998) υπήρχε το Sense απο το τέταρτο άλμπουμ τους με τίτλο Smoke Ghost του 1998. Μετά τη διάλυση της μπάντας ο Parker άρχισε να ηχογραφεί το δικό του υλικό και αισίως έχει μια πολύ μεγάλη συλλογή κυκλοφοριών, όπου οι περισσότερες εξ αυτών ειναι σε digital μορφή. Το Futuretripper περιέχει 11 νέα τραγούδια του στα οποία κυριαρχεί ο ψυχεδελικός ροκ ήχος, όπως συνέβαινε και με τους Tadpoles. Το πιο acid pan american, η ηλεκτρική μπαλάντα sleeper, καθώς και τα slipping into thee mirror, ziggy, careful what you wish και δυσικά το ομώνυμο fuuretripper είναι ορισμένα εξαιρετικά δείγματα του αμερικάνου φίλου μας.
Απολαύστε!

~Psychedelic Gew Gaw 'Zine, Greece, 10-10-2018

FUTURETRIPPER
Dear Sir 'Pole and Jimmy... I went flying with the witches and what a treat it was. I cruised through the country yesterday soaking in your latest master-mistress piece. I'm super digging that first tune with the opening of nature birds, grooving bass and live drums, Adam Boyette style! He sounded very similar in his playing style.
It was reminiscent of U2 in their better early years, in my book.
Count the Stars and Be Careful What you Ask For are great and very Roger Waters-like, and I love that! Nice acoustics, Ukulele and what sounded like classical guitar in parts. Pan American gave me wood and reduced my stress, while Emeryville gave me stitches from laughing about insanity! Overall, I dug the variety, your more present vocals, introspective sentiments, the bass grooves, variety of instrumentation and melodies, and sparseness in keeping the listener guessing what's next. I found myself adding, imagining or improvising parts or instrument melodies that were not there, which is always a blast for me. Excuse me while I go take another flight with the Witches!
~ The Red Jamie, 8-27-18, WASHiNGTON, DC

FUTURETRIPPER
Well, I finally had the perfect rainy afternoon to listen to the whole album. It's so cool. Every effect is just right - sonic wizardry!
~ R. Martinengo, 9-16-2018 ATLANTA

FUTURETRIPPER
Really love the heavier sound of Pan American and then No One Needs To Own The Light right after is just fantastic with the 60s feel to it.
Finished the album on the way home and really enjoyed it. Has that familiar sound that I enjoy as well as being fresh and different, well done.
~ D. WALLACE, 9-7-18 NEW ZEALAND

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released November 2, 2018

Produced by Todd Parker
Recorded and Mixed at Starlight Blanket Studio, Sacramento, CA


Performed by Todd Parker and The Witches
Drums on Pareidolia recorded and performed by Michael Shanahan at Shady Way Studio, Winfield, IL.
Drums on Futuretripper, Pan American, Slipping Into The Mirror and I’m Not Who I Am recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London England

All songs written by Todd Parker, BMI © 2018 except
Pareidolia, written by Todd Parker and Michael Shanahan, BMI, © 2018 and
Futuretripper, written by Todd Parker and David Max, BMI, © 2018

©2018 Bakery Records / Todd Parker and The Witches. All Rights Reserved.

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Todd Parker and The Witches Sacramento, California

Todd Parker, songwriter/guitarist/vocalist/founder, of the 1990's Hoboken/NYC psychedelic rockers, Tadpoles returned after a decade off from producing music with Greetings From The Star Chamber in 2010 which has been followed by a series of EPs, singles and 3 more studio albums, the latest being 2018's Futuretripper. More to come. ... more

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Track Name: Pareidolia
Time's
Moving fast
It won't last
So get in line
And start feeling fine

And when
You think through
All the things
That you do
You really come alive

And now
Summer's gone
An attack
To the lies
You wanna realize

And when
You see through
All their eyes
All your sighs
You really come alive

And now
Summer’s gone
Just a song
In your mind
For really nobody

And time’s
Moving fast
It won’t last
So get in line
To start feeling fine
Track Name: Futuretripper
Pushed you
Out of my head today
They said
You were gone
Heard you
Laugh in my head today
Don’t feel
Like it anymore

If I could
See through your eyes
And know there
Was only time
You’re blind
To all the alibis
That tell you
Not to
Let me inside

Only a little bit more
Only a little while longer
And nothing is for sure
Feel you getting stronger


It all seems so
far away
All the time
you left behind
Heard you
Laugh in my head today
I knew you
Were really gone


Only a little bit more
Only a little while longer
And nothing is for sure
Feel you getting stronger
Track Name: Sleeper
Last time I saw you
You were so sweet
Drifting through flowers
A magical piece
Of my life passing by
The memory holds me to you
You were the one
I expected
To float through the dew

I thought I knew you
And I really did
The waves tossed the ferry
The passengers slid
Under water because
Your essence was drowning them there
You would become
Delta breezes
That flowed through the air

Last time I saw you
You were so sweet
Drifting through flowers
A magical piece
Of my life passing by
The memories hold me to you
You will become
Delta breezes
And float through the dew
Track Name: Pan American
All of matter is energy
So that you and I
Are just beings of energy
Reiki
Is Japanese technique
Used for
Relaxation, Stress Reduction
And Healing
All you have to do now
Is just to
Stay still
And I will guide you
On the rest of your journey
My
Absolute
Favorite things
This is just gonna hopefully
Round off the relaxation session nicely
And really just prepare you for
Your sleep
Track Name: No One Needs To Own The Light
You think that you're too late
To touch the sky
That's alright with me
That's alright with me

You think that you're too late
To touch the sky
But that's alright with me
That's alright with me

You think that you're too late
To touch the sky
But that's alright with me
That's alright with me

You think that you're too late
To touch the sky
But that's alright with me
That's alright with me

That's alright with me

That's alright with me
That's alright with me

It's alright to touch the sky

Let me be
Let me be
Let me be

Touch the sky
Touch the sky

Alright with me
Track Name: Count the Stars
Count the stars in the sky
And hope they fit in your eye
You’re searching for your truth
Like a comet spinning loose
And your path is clear

All around the world
Everyone’s crying for this girl
But she doesn’t cry anymore
Doesn’t rely anymore
But her path is clear

You walk up from your sleep
You’re finally getting really deep
You’re looking all around
But you can’t make out the sound
And its path is clear


Count the stars in the sky
And hope they fit in your eye
You’re searching for your truth
Like a comet spinning loose
And your path is clear
Track Name: Slipping Into The Mirror
The door’s ajar
And holds the way
The photo’s light
Shadows at play
The widest lens
Will have a say
Some time to sink
Reflecting clay
Into the mirror

Reflections gone
Not what they seemed
You slip into
A cloud of steam
Can’t see beyond
Fluorescent beam
You wonder why
The sleepless dream
Into the mirror

A broken glass
Will stand all time
You don’t believe
What’s in your mind
Slipping down
Too far to clim=
Sparks delight
What’s left behind
Into the mirror
Track Name: Ziggy
Instrumental
Track Name: Careful What You Wish
Careful what you wish ‘cause you might get it
Careful what wish because you might see
It comes along the way if you just let it
Might be on the road to Tennessee

Packed up all your memories and took them for a ride
They were all you needed them to be
But the future’s the past so you threw them away
Then you realized that you were finally free

On Halloween you went as a coyote
I saw you on the side of the road
I told you all my dreams and then you scurried
Howling to the sky with all you know

Letting go can bring so much sorrow
But only if you think eternally
You’re with me now, that’s all that matters
The scarlet night becomes another sea
Track Name: I’m Not Who I Am
We’re back again
In this state of mind
You don’t care
What we’ll find
Sometimes its true
That you got to look
Beyond the stars
Off the book

You don’t know
You don’t care
That we won’t go
Anywhere

‘Cause we’re back again
In this state of mind
Shaking stairs
As we climb

You don’t know
You don’t care
You’re not goin’
Anywhere

For all this time
You know its true
I can’t go on
Without you

So we’re back again
Just leave me here
Is that sound
In your ear

And you don’t know
And you don’t care
If we should go
Anywhere

Climb up to see
When you were real
And you were free
But you were sent
Out to sea
All alone
Without me

And you don’t know
You don’t care
Where we’re goin’ to
Anywhere

And you don’t know
You don’t care
We won’t go
Anywhere

All this time
You carried on
All this time
When we were gone
All this time
All we’ve done
All this time
All we’ve done
Track Name: Emeryville
Next stop is Emeryville
Be there in about 3 minutes
If you have lots of luggage
It is a good idea to start making your way toward the doors now
We close them and leave the station
Once we depart we cannot backtrack and turn around
And come back into the station