Posts Tagged ‘Psychedelia’

The seekers in New York City’s Psychic Ills have spent more than a decade following their muse wherever it takes them. Inner Journey Out, the band’s highly anticipated fifth album and first since 2013, is the culmination of an odyssey of three years of writing, traversing the psych-rock landscape they’ve carved throughout their career and taking inspired pilgrimages into country, blues, gospel, and jazz.

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Inner Journey Out started out the way many Psychic Ills records have – with frontman Tres Warren’s demos. Like all of their records, Elizabeth Hart’s bass is the glue that holds everything together. Where other recent albums found Warren overdubbing himself to create a blown-out, widescreen sound, this recording handed the reigns to a multitude of guest players. A cadre of musicians and vocalists – including Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, who duets on lead single “I Don’t Mind” – join in on the journey. This is the first record to feature touring keyboard player Brent Cordero, his Farfisa and Wurlitzer work is a staple throughout. Rounding things out, is a platoon of drummers and percussionists including Chris Millstein, Harry Druzd of Endless Boogie, Derek James of The Entrance Band, and Charles Burst, one of the record’s engineers. These musicians build the frame on which Warren lays his hazy guitar and vocals. An endless array of friends and guests also provide pedal steel guitar, horns, strings, and backing vocals, which culminate in a career-defining moment for the Ills.


Thematically, Inner Journey Out is a detailed exploration of the interior and the exterior, and the pathway between the two. The focused songwriting makes the stylistic departures fit seamlessly within the band’s dexterous ethos. The rousing gospel number “Another Change” and the far-out free jazz exploration “Ra Wah Wah” help shape Inner Journey Out into a multi-faceted, full album experience. It’s the most personal Psychic Ills album, too, hinting tantalizingly at love and loss but denying the listener resolution — asking questions, but never answering; seeking, but never fully concluding.

A decade on from releasing their critically lauded cult debut, Dins, and the deep dive into cosmic improvisation of Mirror Eye that followed, through the more recent and straightforward outings of Hazed Dream and One Track Mind, Psychic Ills have delivered their most remarkable statement yet with Inner Journey Out.

Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) has a new project called Sexwitch. After sharing “Helelyos” last month, Khan has released another new track from the forthcoming record. In keeping with the rest of the album, which comprises covers of international psych and folk songs from the 1970s, “Ha Howa Ha Howa” is based on a Moroccan track sung by Cheikha Hanna Ouakki. Listen to the Sexwitch version below.
Speaking about the song in our interview about Sexwitch, Khan said:
“Ha Howa Ha Howa”, the “he addicted me” song—the girl that originally sang that [Cheikha Hanna Ouakki] was really young, 15, 16. She traveled around these mountain villages and became this vagabond singer. She’s the one that sounded so street, so contemporary. I loved her spirit, I felt her freedom in the way she was singing it. So it’s really nice to shine a light on that time in those countries where there was liberation. They feel the same things we do, it’s just blanketed in our impression of oppressive regimes. I think deep down, we’re all from the same place. People now can enjoy this kind of music next to contemporary psychedelic music. I think it’s really important to feel free, and to be free to express everyone’s humanity, the things that link us, that we’re all just falling in love with people or running away.
Sexwitch comes out September 25th. It’s a collaboration between Natalie Khan, producer Dan Carey, and Toy.

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We’re thrilled to announce that Moon Duo and Earth will headline this year’s festival, together with the already confirmed The Soft Moon. The Trouble In Mind Records stage is also complete with the additions of The Limiñanas, Ultimate Painting, The Soft Walls and Klaus Johann GrobeAlso confirmed: zZz, Hey Colossus, Dead Rabbits, The Lucid Dream and The Telescopes (Official)

“I’m In Your Mind Fuzz” is out now on Flightless/Heavenly/Castle Face the album from King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard,  the follow-up single  video for Slow Jam 1’.

Released on Heavenly Recordings on March 2nd, the video is, as you’d expect for the foremost psyche band in the world right now, a dreamy and yet tangible affair. Using the juxtaposition of photographic footage and stop animation with the ferocity of a live performance the band manage to encapsulate a song which is both slow and melodic as well as intense and burning with power, even if it is bubbling underneath the lead lines.

The video has all the artistic license you would expect from King Gizzard and it reeks of the band’s influence as they show their craftsmanship on another format.


Manchesters The Watchmakers, are Keeping it tuned to the psych channel, The Watchmakers are a band we’ve enjoyed following over the last year or so. As the NME said about them back in June “The Watchmakers are on a mission to put the strut back into psych…”. Equal parts Revolver and Space Ritual, enjoy their brain melting ‘Illumination’ video below,


another lovely episode of excellent music but this one has a xmassy feel,

Formerly of The Narcoleptic Dancers and My Bee’s Garden, Melody Prochet has embraced dream pop with Melody’s Echo Chamber project. The classically trained Parisian recruited Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker to produce her debut under that name, making those closed-eye visions a reality. Lead single/openerI Follow You begins with simple, sun-drenched ’60s melodies and ambling guitars before descending into a psychedelic swirl that recalls Parker’s day job. Consider that spiral a gentle warning to not expect anything straightforward from Melody’s Echo Chamber, especially when things seem to be heading in that direction. On “Endless Shore”, for example, Prochet crafts a densely layered haze complete with ethereal coos signature to the style, yet she does so in a manner that’s less pensive and more authoritative. The rhythm section doesn’t bother with hypnosis, favoring a superliminal approach, a feat developed well into the motorik beats of “Crystallized”. The unabashed prettiness of Prochet’s vocals on “You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me” are undercut by sci-fi tinged synth notes that propel the song into the unknown cosmos.


The Asteroid #4 – I Want To Touch You, Ignition Slated For Eight – EP, a cover of the Catherine Wheel song. Mixing influences like Mazzy Star, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Medicine with their own space pop, the Psychedelphia combo Asteroid No. 4 debuted in 1995 with the CIA Took My Dog Away EP. After three years’ worth of extensive touring across the U.S. as well as contributing to several compilations, their first full-length, Introducing…The Asteroid #4, came out in 1998 with the accompaniment of the single “What a Sorry Way to Go.” After a tour with the Lilys later on that year, their EP The Apple Street came out in 1999 with a little help from the local Philadelphia label Lounge Records. the Lilys’ psych pop kingpin Kurt Heasley produced their 2001 album King Richard’s Collectibles, which drew on British psych, folk, and pop influences ranging from Syd Barrett to the Stone Roses.


1.Dream of Bee by Lilies on mars
2.the long goodbye by The Capsules
3.Lines by The History of Colour TV own me by Bale pare
5.Another town by The Noise tigers
6.Close (enough to kiss) by Kigo
7.How you Remember by We Need secrets
8.Lumen by Sensei
9.Black Paws by Venera 4
10.Sonnen by APZOO
11.Wash You Away by Shunkan
12.Sugar Pills by Spotlight Kid
13.Kelly by The Pains of Being Pure at the heart
14.Muffhead by JAGUWAR
15.Catch The Wave by The Virgance
16.Silver Kiss by Thought Forms
17.New Frontiers by The Foreign Resort
18.Powercuts by Beach Volleyball
19.Run by Strata Florida
20.Luna by Fear Of Men
21.Supernova Comedown by VibraGun
22.Mumble by Whirr
23.Ups and Downs by Aerofall
24.Departure by The Vacant Lots


DEAD HORSE ONE is a band founded by Olivier Debard, Luðóvík Naud, Jerome Simonian and Antoine Pinet in 2011. Their music spans multiple genres including Shoegaze and psychedelia.
Dead Horse One hit the ground running in 2012 with the phenomenal Heavenly Choir of Jet Engines EP, which leaned somewhat towards the dark and heavy and immediately established a highly realized sound for the band. The group has performed at the Liverpool psych fest 2013 and has shared the stage with The Telescopes, The Veldt, and French compatriots H-Burns and Sound Sweet Sound.

Dead Horse One’s debut full-length, “Without Love We Perish”, produced by Mark Gardener of Ride,
Hailing from southern France,the quintet released the superbly titled ‘Heavenly Choir of Jet Engines’ EP
Inspired by Ride, The Telescopes, Swervedriver and John Barry soundtracks, the group formed in the town of Valence and have won appreciation Stateside with The Austin Town Hall website praising the band’s “early shoegaze” guitar textures. Focusing on the poppier end of the psych spectrum away from thunderous grooves the five-piece create swooning psych pop gems.
‘Their avowed aim is to be a ”Heavenly choir of jet engines” filling the soundscape of the world with an endless extended note, wistful and melancholic….macabre and beautiful…from which will emerge pop songs…and they do.’ – Joe Foster – co-founder of CREATION RECORDS