Hey all! We thought to sum up all the bands and artists we’ve been adding to our four Spotify Playlists during 2023. Enjoy the music, enjoy the sun. //Mertsi & Leo
FRESH PSYCHEDELIA (100 picks of new interesting psych): Maa Ilmasta & Timo Kämäräinen, Mirror Revelations, Bong Wish, Julie’s Haircut, Astral Magic, Minami Deutsch, DAIISTAR, Las Visiones, Polymoon, Vinyl Williams, Night Beats, Dommengang, Moonwalks, Nice Biscuit, The Black Delta Movement, Mount Hush, The Lazy Eyes, SQÜRL, Shadow Show, Albinö Rhino, GÅS, Throw Down Bones, Moonwalks, Heikki Hakkarainen, Gnoomes, Black Helium, Al Lover & The KVB, People Taking Pictures, Gnoomes, Pekka Laine, Helicon, Thomas Greenwood, Reverse Death, Golden Hours, Smote, White Canyon & The 5th Dimension, The Exorsist GBG.
PSYCHEDELIC TIME TRAVEL (psych classics from the 1960’s & 70’s): The Open Mind, Kristian, Dakila, Kevin Ayers.
COSMIC CREATIVE (for enhancing your focus): NEU!, Stiletti-Ana, Datasal, Pye Corner Audio, Death Hawks, Autarkic, The Exorcist GBG, Gnoomes, Black Helium, GÅS, Throw Down Bones, Minami Deutsch.
LATE NIGHT RITUALS (psychedelia for dim-light atmosphere): Daisy Rickman, Cult of Dom Keller, Ultimate Spinach, Menk, Reverse Death, Uniting of Opposites, Gabrielle Roth & The Mirros, Throw Down Bones, GÅS, Julie’s Haircut,
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As Leo is focused on our next Spotify theme playlist, Mertsi chose his top psychedelic albums, gigs and curiosities of the fine year 2019. Thanks to all great bands, psych festivals (especially Manse Psych Fest and Helsinki Psych Fest) and fellow bloggers from this year!
Mertsi’s best psychedelic albums – top 10 (in random order)
10 000 Russos – Kompromat Incredibly powerful, machine-like yet vivid display of cold war kraut, as I took the liberty to call it in my review and interview of this brilliant Portugese trio.
Vanishing Twin – The Age of Immunology This masterpiece takes you afar, mesmerizing with a spectrum of music styles all the way from French avant-garde to groovy soul psych and fairy tale -like spoken word, each mastered by this skillful group. I got to see Vanishing Twin in my home town Turku’s Ilmiö Fest, but the 40-degree heat at the venue seemed to take some toll on them. Still, one of my favourite records. Read my album review here.
Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising I don’t care how psychedelic this is or isn’t (it isn’t), but this rich, beautiful, strong album with progressive and classic pop elements deserves to be on every list I could make about 2019. Lead vocalist Natalie Laura Mering is out of this world.
Various – Reverb Conspiracy Vol Six This compilation introduced me to so many bands around the world I wasn’t familiar with (including Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Nice Biscuit and Julia Robert), while celebrating currently strong names like Nest Egg and Psychic Lemon.
Various – Self Discovery for Social Survival This summery and colourful soundtrack was created as a collaboration of psych musicians, film-makers and surfers. Dungen warms up the beach folk and Peaking Lights leads the evening party, to name some bands involved. Read my article about the record here.
Psychic Bloom – Mysterious Temple I found this band recently and instantly felled in love with its classical neo-psych [sic] sounds. This band gives it touch to international psychedelia from Tehran, Iran, but the songs stand brilliantly on their feet even without this empowering fact.
Ghost Funk Orchestra – A Song for Paul Groovy, dancing psychedelic funk with fuzzy and mysterious, retro-ish sounds – gotta love it. Walk like a Mother Fucker for me is one of the tracks of the year.
YĪN YĪN – The Rabbit That Hunts Tigers Speaking of dance music, this psychedelic funk band from Switzerland nailed it as well. Oriental influences such as Thai guitar work sweetly in the band’s cosmic groove.
K-X-P – IV The Finnish kraut-psych-electronic-ambient group returned with a bang – and a beat, for the orchestra include a drummer contrary to the album’s predecessor. IV only consist of three songs, two mega-long ones and a shorter piece, and they are all powerfully hypnotic.
Centrum – För Meditation This is a calming, intensively psychedelic record, skillfully controlled and meditating from the first sound to last. As we very well know in Finland, Swedes are great in everything and psych rock is not an exception.
Best Gig: Kingston Wall by JJylli, Kuoppis & VHBat Logomo Seeing Kingston Wall, for me the greatest psychedelic band in Finland of all times, with it’s two living members combined with Von Hertzen Brothers, was a dream come true. I was just a kid when the band was in prime and its front man Petri Walli still around.
Best psychedelic single: All Them Witches – 1×1 As you read the list to the very end, you’ll find some adrenaline useful.