Main image is a screenshot taken from Kikagaku Moyo’s Cardboard Pile video, directed by Katsushika Shusshin.
Kikagaku Moyo – Kumoyo Island
A Japanese group’s possibly the last album ever ”Kumoyo Island” will be released in May. Two songs with crazy illustrated music videos are out already. Especially the immediately catchy ”Cardboard Pile” raises expectations high for the upcoming LP.
Crows – Garden of England
London-based Crows published their second album and the single ”Garden of England” is a fiery piece of Brexit / Covid era psych-post-punk.
Ashinoa – Koalibi
The French Ashinoa, similarly signed and published by Fuzz Club, is one of Mertsi’s early year favourites. Do check out their album ”L’Orée”, it’s fruity.
Mildlife – Live from South Channel Island
A year ago, Australian Mildlife recorded session in a small artificial island South Channel Fort. Now this whole session, live versions of pre-released material, is on Youtube, as well as on vinyl. Mildlife sound is somewhat combination of jazz-funk, disco and psychedelia. A tip for the busy ones: in 15:45, a bit slower song ”Im Blau” with exciting rhythm and bass.
Hi all, this time we won’t list ”best” psychedelic albums or singles – instead, here’s a hand-picked collection of fine and interesting music recommendations without any grades or positions. Hope you enjoy these mind-expanding beauties as we have done – and, let’s hope for a good and better year 2022. //Mertsi & Leo
Great psychedelic music in 2021
Acid Dad – Take It From the Dead There’s a feelgood factor to Acid Dad’s music. Their music videos are a shamelessly great burst of tongue-in-cheek psych clichés with your retro colors and over-the-top green screen effects, and their invigorating psychedelic rock sounds good and fresh.
Acid Rooster – Irrlichter You simply can’t have too many bands named ”Acid [Something]”, can you? Irrlichter by the Leipzig trio Acid Rooster is an instrumental four-song psych platter full of cosmische delicacies.
Jane Weaver – Flock It’s once again a groovy, stylish, energetic and glittery psychedelic pop album by the lovely Jane Weaver.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000 What would my lists be without good old King Gizz? But seriously, they just keep finding new colors and new influences, to produce (quite literally) tons of exiting music. While I personally wasn’t the most fanatic fan of their K.G. (2020) and L.W (2021) duology, I found Butterfly 3000 very organic, adventurous and catchy. It’s filled with synth programming and MIDI sequences (just listen to 2.02 Killer Year and tell me those synths don’t give you goosebumps), differing from most of their previous work, and they have one again put effort and creativity in the album’s vinyl pressing and distribution.
Mt. Mountain – Centre One more band that has featured in our lists more than once, the Australian group Mt. Mountain crafted yet another smoothly hypnotic, aesthetically powerful psychedelic album in Centre. I love Mt. Mountain’s style, listening to them is like lying on a velvet blanket under a tree and watching leaves dance in the sky.
Hilary Woods – Feral Hymns Genre-wise, Feral Hymns by Hilary Woods probably slots more to an ambient/drone departement, but let’s not let dull genre limitations play any role here. Feral Hymns is a powerful album that builds an atmosphere of something dark and primal like nothing I’ve heard in a while. As the artist herself puts it: ”A collection of hymns set at dusk. Speckled memory, dust, earth, grit, ritual and chant – purged in the shadows.”
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime If you’re into Tuaregi blues sounds like Tinariwen, you’ll surely enjoy this flowing, balanced and rich-in-sound new album by the Niger-based Mdou Moctar. It has a lovely beat to it and the Tuaregi instruments form a perfect alliance with psychedelic guitar sounds.
Naxatras – Journey to Narahmon If you’re into space rock with trippy neo-psychedelic influences, Greece’s own Naxatras is worth checking out. Their new album ”IV” is out on February and the banger psych-prog-spacerock single Journey to Narahmon implies it’s going to be a powerful one.
OSees – Chem Farmer / Nite Expo (LEVITATION sessions) I haven’t listened to that much of Oh Sees (or any of its aliases), but this piece from Levitation Live Sessions is just so packed with punk rock / psychedelic garage energy, so masterfully mixed that I can’t get enough of it. Those two drum sets, phew.
Bonus pick: Frekvenssi Cross-country skiing under warm Spring sun with headphones playing well-hosted radio show about experimental music. What could be a better combination? Frekvenssi, launched in 2021 on Finnish National Broadcast Yle, explores ”experimental” in music from different genres. Frekvenssi also covers live music events, and one episode was dedicated to Le Guess Who? 2021 festival in the Netherlands. Listening to it raised a great deal of enthusiasm to be there and cycle back-and-forth different festival venues with endless amount of cool gigs.
Hello guys, hope you enjoy these new pickings from my digital music discovery travels, if you will. Not that this hasn’t been great time for vinyls as well, I personally can’t wait to aim for some DJ stuff with all the beautiful new records I’ve burnt money in during this cursed lockdown. But enough of that, hope you enjoy some new stuff and some new stuff that’s only new for me. Stay healthy, stay lovely. Pic: Rostro del Sol //Mertsi
Rostro del Sol – Rostro del Sol
Wow. This is just sick. This group from Mexico City made their debut album in honor to Jazz, Blues, Prog, Funk and Psych from the 60’s and 70’s. If you love some old school progressive jamming, Rostro del Sol is a must-listen! That harmonica part from Bop C Sketches… It was as if another sun had sprung to the sky outside my window.
Black Sky Giant – Planet Terror
We travel south from Mexico, all the way to Argentina, and find a psych/stoner band that the genre’s friend ought to check out. Black Sky Giant is a new band for me. but this group from Rosario definitely knows their stoner!
Robert Leiner – Dromomania
This album published by Höga Nords is from 2015 and I run into it at their sales campaign. I just missed the last copies of the LP which I would have loved to have for this beast of an opening track alone. It’s a six minute brain-melter!
Lumerians – Transmission Overture (Fuzz Club Session)
Transmalinnia by Lumerians (2011) for me is one of the best neo-psychedelic albums of all times, and ever since finding it I’ve followed this LA group. The band now had a live session for Fuzz Club who also published the songs in vinyl. Transmission Overture is a hypnotic example of actually rather simple patterns forming a sound vortex where you afterwards realize to have sunken into. I love that meditative bass line. If you enjoy this, go check out their other LPs.
Hi all. Sorry for not posting for a while. I would normally insert the usual ”been doing this, been doing that” babble here but even for once that would be an understatement as I now have a 6-month old baby girl. In any case, I thought I’d share some psychedelic picks from recent weeks and months. Enjoy!
Garcia Peoples – Nightcap at Wits’ End
This is the finest album yet from the New Jersey group. It ventures from jamming rock’n’roll to progressive and even space rock – Altered Place reminds me of British folk rock of the 1970’s. Crown of Thought is a lovely track: it has that sort of jamming, changes of pace and bursting solo parts that make you nod without realizing it yourself.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – K.G.
The kings are back. They recently published a live LP and two digital albums, of which K.G. is my favourite. Some nice tunes here!
The Vacant Lots – Interzone
For me, Interzone by Vacant Lots must be one of the most coherent psych albums of the year. It’s a delicious mixture of synth pop, post-punk, disco and krautrock – it’s like getting hypnotized at a night club dance floor. No wonder Interzone was published by the all-mighty Fuzz Club.
Dark Buddha Rising – Mathreyata
I’m really glad to see Dark Buddha Rising is starting to get the praise it deserves from psych heads outside Finland as well. Finnish “Dark underlords of psychedelic drone” are here with their 7th album and it’s a powerful one. Take Uni (Finnish word for a dream) for example: it’s like a tentaculed monster drags you to black abyss of a freezing sea but when you catch your breath, you realize that you can breath underwater, and with guidance octopus-like abomination, you now effortlessly discover secrets and beasts of the depths, depths that you just moment ago thought were horrendous but now find their ancient beauty.
For all you garage freaks: Bones Shake
Now I know many of you are space heads and not really into garage / rock’n’roll sort of stuff, but I just love the fuzzy energy of this Manchester group. I hope my destiny is one day to hold an Unwell 7” in my grasp and play it from my DJ booth around 1AM.
Did you know that for a music blogger Friday is the most overwhelming (and also the best) day? That’s because A) Spotify’s playlists update on weekend’s threshold and B) it feels like artists and publishers tend to publish stuff on Friday in other channels as well, maybe to get people listen to their stuff after a few weekend beers with their friends?
Anyhow, bands, you got me. There’s so many recent psych discoveries and fresh releases that I just had to share a few. Enjoy and do consider having a few beers with your friends.
Onsegén Ensemble – Stellar Nine minutes of cinematic progressive psychedelia á la Northern Finland. Stellar moves fluently in so many soundscapes you never know what’s coming next, yet it’s very coherent.
Frankie and the Witch Fingers – Activate Ever thought what would King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard and Santana sound if they jammed together? Well, think no more.
Arcadian Child – Snakecharm From Finland and Indiana we go to Cyprus. It’s your classy, reliable, oriental influenced neo-psych with dark edges, if you’re into that kind of stuff. The video is fine, as well.
White Canyon & The 5th Dimension – Bright Colors in The Sky For the fans of The Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre, this Brazilian band is a sweet treat. Their self titled debut album is just out via Necio Records and it’s really solid. Check it out.