Archive for the ‘Psychedelic’ Category

Hailing largely from the West Coast, the project of Nelene Deguzman formed in Tucson, The Rifle has roots in bedroom solitude, taking days when you never leave the house and putting them to music.

New single Are You Having Fun Yet? is taken from their upcoming long player Honeyden (out on Burger Records on the 31st January) and it is as charming a slice of sweet indie as you’re likely to hear this side of Christmas. Its fuzzy, psych-pop filled heart is a absolute joy.

Stream it here.

 

 

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It’s been seven years since our last Shrouded Strangers post, but good things come to he who waits…

And so it is with their new album Night Prancing, which according to them is “the soundtrack to an unrealised film script chronicling the adventures of a late-1950s surfer gang (the “Night Prancers”) in the sleepy coastal hamlet of Seaview, Washington.”

Watch the video for opening track Locust Heart below and be reassured that their own unique blend of woozy psychedelia and Link Wray inspired rumble rock remains in mighty fine fettle.

Order via Bandcamp here.

 

 

Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins, will release his debut album Glacial Pace on 6th December via the wonderful Woodsist label.

Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of Glacial Pace after a trip to Death Valley – coming across a clearing full of burnt out, vandalized vehicle carcasses inspired him to write about desolation and the things we leave behind.

The first single is the gorgeously melancholic Apartment Houses – well worth three minutes of your day we’d suggest!

 

 

Black Mountain have shared a new standalone single titled What’s Your Conquest?

Although separate from their new album, Destroyer, released earlier this year via Jagjaguwar, What’s Your Conquest? makes a might fine companion piece, being in-step with the same vivacious energy, and features some pretty lively guitar and surging synths.

Stream it here.

 

 

Uncut’s free cover disc this month is a reinterpreting of seventeen Wilco songs by the likes of Cate Le Bon, Mountain Man, Whitney, Low, Sharon Van Etten and many others. All but one were specially recorded for the CD and there are some cracking versions amongst them.

Here is a taste of the offerings from Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

 

 

 

 

We’re big fans of Drahla’s queasy, hypnotic psych rock and their choice to cover Psychic TV’s 1985 gem Godstar seems like a match made in musical heaven.

A homage to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, I remember buying the original 7″ in Woolworths, and playing it on repeat.

Times change, but this version more than does justice to the original. Give it a spin.

 

And the original…

 

Nashville-based storyteller Jeremy Ivey has released his debut album The Dream and the Dreamer today.

Until now he has operated in the background, for years performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. At 40, Ivey is ready to take a step into the spotlight and on the evidence of this record it is long overdue.

Ivey cites everyone from the Beatles to Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan as influences, but the nine-song album manages to sound original and contemporary, hosting a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks drawing from country, folk and some gentle psychedelia.

Listen to a couple of outstanding songs from it below. Order via Bandcamp here.

 

 

Vetiver are back with a new album Up On High (out in October) and will be playing live in the UK in December.

Have a listen to the acoustically styled, lush folk of To Who Knows Where with its lovely pastoral psych-pop flourishes.

Gorgeous stuff.

Live Dates

7 Dec 19 – Liverpool @ 81 Renshaw
8 Dec 19 – Manchester @ YES
9 Dec 19 – Durham @ Old Cinema Launderette
10 Dec19 – Edinburgh @ Sneaky Pete’s
11 Dec 19 – Glasgow @ Mono
13 Dec 19 – Leeds @ Headrow House
14 Dec 19 – Birmingham @ The Cuban Embassy
15 Dec 19 – Brighton @ The Brunswick
16 Dec 19 – Bristol @ Rough Trade
17 Dec 19 – London @ O2 Academy2 Islington

After a wait of more than 13 years, the wonderful Isobel Campbell is back with details of a new solo album There Is No Other (out on January 31st). It seems she has been fighting legal battles since 2016 to get this record released – thank goodness she didn’t throw in the towel.

The first single is the gorgeously gentle psychedelic folk of Ant Life. Watch the video here.

 

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Beijing-based art punks Gong Gong Gong (who we got quite excited about last year) have shared their brilliant new single Some Kind of Demon 某一種惡魔.

This new track is a meditative slow-burner with lyrics and a vocal melody that creates a flowing framework for internal reflection. It is the second single from the duo’s debut LP Phantom Rhythm, and follows on from the shimmering and hypnotic Notes Underground.

Stream both below. Pre-order the album here.