Psychedelic picks of 2021

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.

Frekvenssi on Yle Areena (Hosted in Finnish, but playlist included in show description.)

Main picture: Mdou Moctar

FRESH PSYCHEDELIA: Update #14

Dear followers,
it’s been too long a time since our last FRESH PSYCHEDELIA update post, so try to bear with this insane list of insane music we’ve added to our Spotify playlist during this time.

Also, we are happy to announce at least two new members to Kolmas Korva’s Spotify playlist family. We are grateful for your feedback about this ”top 100 latest psych songs” themed playlist, and have some ideas for additional new playlists you could also enjoy.
We are still working on the concepts, but it’s pretty certain these lists wouldn’t be fixed to a certain amount of songs, instead they would follow certain specific themes without any song ”or freshness” limits. So no decade nor length would be a limit for great music! [In the case of FRESH PSYCHEDELIA, it always hurts a bit to remove the oldest song from the lot.] But more on this later!

Here we go, enjoy the latest songs we had the pleasure to add to our FRESH PSYCHEDELIA playlist, fantastic stuff from Camera, The Gluts, Mt. Mountain, Traffik Island, Steeple Remove, Maurice Louca, Arcadian Child, Alpha Stone, Teeth Of The Sea, Deep Space Destructors, Des Demonas, Sunwatchers, Helicon, The Murlocs, Khana Bierbood and Cellar Doors.

Pic: Khana Bierbood

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FRESH PSYCHEDELIA: Update #7

First of all, warms thanks to all 30 subscribers of our FRESH PSCYHEDELIA playlist!
We’re excited with our recent additions to the list. There’s a bunch of new music:
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, 10 000 Russos, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Helicon, Sonic Jesus, Gypsy Sun Revival, Mt. Mountain, MGMT, Psychic Lemon and Wooden Shjips. Enjoy.

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Kolmas korva Mixtape #6: The Red Desert

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OM – Addis
Black Lizard – Boundaries
The Phantom Four – Il Deserto Rosso
Goat – Goatlord
Polska Radio One – Morosim (2c–P Dub)
Mt. Mountain – Floating Eyes
Pyramidal – Motormind

Let the sand of the red desert fly to your ears! This 38 minute mixtape burns your skin and presents sounds of dry dune tornados and fruity mirages covered with a fistful of mystique vocals.

Mixcloud users can follow our Mixcloud page. Next mixtape in the end of November.

📷 Pete Mondrian: Dune IV