Fantastic Plastic Machine, "My Name Is Mr. Fantasy"

A month or two ago, I stumbled upon a compilation from 2001 that Philter Records released, Space Program [Color]. It's a low-key thrill from top to bottom, a modest, slight affair whose brilliance is expressed through its quiet eccentricity rather than it's shrewd sequencing and technical trickery.

This song, in particular, a demo version of Fantastic Plastic Machine's "Mr. Fantasy's Love," which was apparently originally titled "My Name Is Mr. Fantasy." It's slower than the final cut, the one that appeared at the end of Luxury, more kitsch and exotica than space lounge, and squared up into a curious march with the insertion of lopping snares. A joyful listen and a fascinating listen; these studio producers didn't often expose their processes in such raw, plain fashions.