Archive for the ‘Psychedelic’ Category

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s METZ cover of Gary Numan!

Today it is a foot-stomping cover of Plastic Bertrand’s 1970’s classic Ça Plane Pour Moi, by psych-pop Mancunians Whyte Horses.

It is a song which always puts a huge smile on my face whenever I hear the original or any of the many cover versions and adaptations of it. This one is no different.

Enjoy…

 

 

Humanist is the music of multi-instrumentalist Rob Marshall. An album is due via Ignition Records and features a number of guest vocalists including Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Mark Lanegan and RIDE’s Mark Gardener, amongst others.

English Ghosts is the first official single from the album and has a stirring vocal performance by iconic post-punk front man, John Robb of The Membranes.

The nine minute track unapologetically tears through piercing psychedelic guitars and squeals. The deep pulse of gnarled bass keeping step through long episodes of meditative repetition; consider it a Joy Division-esque funeral march, reminiscent of Kraut Rock bands like Neu or Can.a

Watch the shadowy, menacing video below.

 

The rain continues to come and go, Boris Johnson is still PM, we’re now planning for food shortages post Brexit… life in summer in the UK is pretty bloody grim sometimes.

Then along come the Allah Las – new single Polar Onion fits the downbeat theme (“the creeping paranoia that comes along with creating something that is inevitably valued based on the opinions of others.“, they say), yet it is still all sunshine jangle, hippy peace and gentle uncomplicated pastoral psychedelia.

A rare joy – so shines a good deed in a weary world.

 

Ireland’s Martian Subculture creates leftfield, lo-fi psych rock. An eerie, restrained vocal is surrounded by kooky, comatose guitars on tracks that oscillate between themes of love, loneliness and interplanetary exploration.

Recorded alone in a bedroom studio, latest single All Emotions Are Equal is an irresistible invitation into a new sonic universe.

 

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Heavy funk
Dystopia-punk canons
Lonnnnng jams
Bloated solos dribbling down your caved-in chest.
Human cattle like a beef avalanche, right on your burned out face hole.
Spider legs fuzz crawling in your brain.

Face Stabber, the latest long player from the Oh Sees is released on Friday. This is a very good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia’s marvellous King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are soon to release their fifteenth studio album – Infest The Rats’ Nest – on August 16 (ATO Records).

Released just six months after the uplifting blues-rock boogie of Fishing For Fishes, and drawing on the mid/late 1980s golden period of thrash metal – Metallica and Slayer, certainly, but also lesser-cited bands such as Exodus, Kreator and OverkillInfest The Rats’ Nest sees yet another creative detour into new sonic terrain.

This is the video for the blastbeat laden Organ Farmer, built on drums that gallop away like a battalion of wild horses over the horizon and a triple guitar attack set to stun.