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The languorous ripples in Lady Bird Lake hide an undetectable lysergic compound that has turned the Violet Crown city into a lush and fertile culture for psychedelic music to flourish. Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators, Shiva’s Headband, and other 60’s psych bands germinated Austin’s psychedelic seeds decades ago. While many other analagous bands have flowered through the years, there is an unmistakable psych renaissance occurring in the city of its inception, nearly a half-century later. The multi-instrumentalist local quintet, Holy Wave, is one of the Austin groups at the tip of the spear of this burgeoning revival.

Endeavoring their third full-length album, Freaks of Nurture, the group has taken an impressionist approach to their sound, exacting sharp and precise brush strokes of shoe-gazed sound that begins to meld and blend into a panorama of psychedelic beauty. The album begins with a building anticipation of fuzzed-out surf guitars that wash over a stalking drum beat on “She Put A Seed In My Ear”. The appeal of Holy Wave’s sound isn’t instantly identifiable, but rather it creeps up like a room full of mirrors and whispers, an enticing siren that leads you to an epiphany of ethereal soundscapes and angelic choruses.

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“Wendy Go Round” keeps the mood light and airy, and precariously on the cusp of falling into Strawberry Alarm Clock-type 60’s fodder, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The album’s third track, “Western Playland”, is special; dexterous guitar-picking at the beginning of the song hooks the listener in the cheek and drags them into a building chorus that levels out into a chanting harmony that is as wistfully aloof as it is addictively confectioned. “You Should Lie” revs up the RPM’s of the pace of the album, while the dreamy “California Took My Bobby Away” is a lackadaisical stroll with a tinge of melancholy that is reminiscent of Air’s Virgin Suicides tracks.

The second half of the album kicks off with the uplifting track “Airwolf”, which elevates the mood to a high-frequency once more, while the following “Our Pigs” is a carnival-esque stomper that meanders aimlessly. “Sir Isaac Nukem” conveys a soft heavenly soundscape that builds beautifully into dissonant thrashing, and “Magic Landing” is particularly cutting and magnetic with its urgency, possessing distinct similarities to contemporary shoe gaze bands like DIIV and Wild Nothing.

“Minstrel’s Gallop” finishes off the album with an amalgam of all of Holy Wave’s best attributes; droning and wistful lyrics, sun-drenched synths, and entrancing guitar picking. While there is a trace amount of filler in Freaks of Nurture, there is an incredible the amount of sophistication that exudes from the album. Though Holy Wave’s efforts may not be birthing a new revolutionary genre of music, they are upholding the legacy of Austin’s psychedelic roots while furthering the spectrum of it’s sound. A chorus of cicadas ends the album, a tip of the hat to their Texan roots, and a nod to the cyclical nature of the music that they play.

Official music video from the forthcoming HOLY WAVE LP, , via The Reverberation Appreciation Society, available for purchase here: http://levitation-austin.com/store/rv…

New additions to the LEVITATION 2016 lineup have been released along with the lineups per day and Single Day Tickets!  Check out the good news below, looking forward to seeing you all at #Levitation2016!

Weekend Passes, Single Day Tickets, Deluxe Passes, and Camping Passes & Rentals are available now:

The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to announce 15 new additions to the Levitation 2016 lineup:

WEEN
COURTNEY BARNETT
THE ARCS
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER

DAVID J AND THE GENTLEMEN THIEVES
HOLY WAVE
WALL OF DEATH
NOTS
CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS
MAGIC WANDS

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
BAYONNE
FEDERALE
KLAUS JOHANN GROBE
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH

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The lineups per day have been announced and Single Day Passes have been released:

FRIDAY APRIL 29th

SLOWDIVE • FLYING LOTUS • THE ARCS • THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • NICOLAS JAAR • DUNGEN • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS • SHABAZZ PALACES • BOOGARINS • TWIN PEAKS • LA LUZ  • PURSON • HOLY WAVE • MILD HIGH CLUB • IMARHAN • WALL OF DEATH • CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS • THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA • FANTASMES • KLAUS JOHANN GROBE

SATURDAY APRIL 30th

BRIAN WILSON PERFORMING PET SOUNDS • ANIMAL COLLECTIVE • COURTNEY BARNETT • SLEEP • THE BLACK ANGELS • SUNN O))) • BORIS • THE THURSTON MOORE GROUP • BLACK MOUNTAIN • PARQUET COURTS • WOODS • LEE RANALDO • DAVID J & THE GENTLEMEN THIEVES • HERON OBLIVION • ISRAEL NASH • ASTEROID #4 • NOTS • ULTIMATE PAINTING • BAYONNE • LA MECANICA POPULAR • FEDERALE • KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH • FLAVOR CRYSTALS

SUNDAY MAY 1st 

WEEN • CARIBOU • SUPER FURRY ANIMALS • LEE SCRATCH PERRY • TY SEGALL & THE MUGGERS • ROYAL TRUX • MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER • ALLAH LAS • KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD • CHICANO BATMAN • THE MURLOCS • DELICATE STEVE • QURAISHI • WALL OF DEATH • MAGIC WANDS • PROMISED LAND SOUND • BLONDI’S SALVATION • JJUUJJUU • CELLAR DOORS

Formerly known as Austin Psych Fest and now called LEVITATION, the ninth edition of this annual festival, which takes place April 29th – May 1st at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, attracts reverb-loving fans from around the world. Unlike bigger mainstream festivals, the folks behind LEVITATION have carved out a niche by bringing together bands that may not tour much as well as bands that would never be booked at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Generally speaking, these are acts that, in some way, seem to have a psychedelic quality to their music. The festival was founded by Austin psych rockers The Black Angels, who wanted to create an event that would honor the city’s trippy musical legacy that produced acts like the 13th Floor Elevators and Shiva’s Headband. As LEVITATION has grown, the standard of psych rock has broadened with bigger headliners coming in and a more diverse array of acts, but at its core the festival has always stayed true to keeping things far out. In other words, LEVITATION is part of an increasingly rare group of festivals booked by people who not only love music, but seek to present bands on the margins just because they love them.

This year’s lineup is massive and undoubtedly one of the strongest festival lineups of 2016, period. There are big names like Brian Wilson (playing The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds in its entirety) and Animal Collective, as well as more obscure fare like the Allah-Las, Heron Oblivion, and Imarhan. 10 acts not to be missed at this year’s LEVITATION.

Dungen (Friday, April 29 @ 9:15PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

The name of this band translates as “The Grove” in Swedish, which is the language of all the lyrics from this Prog-psych rock band. Though lead singer Gustav Ejstes plays most of the instruments on the albums, Dungen tours as a four piece. They are currently touring on their newest album Allas Sak. Having been one of the pioneers of the modern psych-rock renaissance, their influence can be heard across many of the bands that have played Levitation over the years.  Essential album: Ta Det Lugnt

Lee “Scratch” Perry (Sunday, May 1 @ 7:35PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

Perry is the pioneer of dub reggae. By combining effects and remixing, Perry created new mixes of existing reggae songs. Founding his own band in the late 60’s, The Upsetters, named after his record label, he also continued to work with other acts like Bob Marley and The Wailers, the Congos and many others. Essential album: Super Ape

Courtney Barnett (Saturday, April 30 @ 6:05PM, Reverberation Stage)

After a successful SXSW in 2015, Melbourne native Courtney Barnett has been touring incessantly in support of her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I just Sit. With her witty lyrics, grungy guitar licks, and stage energy, her shows are not to be missed. Most recently she contributed her version of “New Speedway Boogie” for The National’s curated Grateful Dead tribute album. Essential album: Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

Black Mountain (Saturday, April 30 @ 10:45PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

The Vancouver-based band have been putting out albums for the past decade and are currently touring in support of their newest album IV. Frequently employing nostalgic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, their newest output comes across as a mix of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Given Black Mountain’s range across their discography, their set is bound to impress. Essential album: Black Mountain

Slowdive (Friday, April 29 @ 11:25PM, Reverberation Stage)

Reuniting after a twenty year hiatus, the English pioneers of shoegaze are back on the road and playing songs from their late 80’s-early 90’s discography. After the band went their separate ways in 1995, lifelong friends and founding members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell formed the band Mojave 3. Now all the original members are back and ready to play their brand of ambient dream pop for a nostalgic audience.Essential album: Souvlaki

Ween (Sunday, May 1 @ 9:15PM, Reverberation Stage)

After a 28 year career, Ween disbanded in 2012 after releasing an extremely diverse and wonderfully oddball catalogue of music. Though never having much commercial success, Ween cultivated a major cult following later in their career. Originally only announcing a three show reunion in Colorado, the overwhelming ticket sales led Dean and Gene Ween to the formation of a full fledged reunion tour. Catching their set is a must as there is no guarantee that there will be any more shows following this tour.Essential album: Chocolate and Cheese

Israel Nash (Saturday, April 30 @ 3:05PM, Reverberation Stage)

This long-haired troubadour is the kind of solemn character you can picture wandering through the Texas Hill Country on some mystic peyote trip. In fact, Israel Nash calls the Hill Country home (Dripping Springs to be exact), and it is there that the singer-songwriter and his band have cultivated a style of music that they describe as “desert folklore”. On albums like Rain Plans and most recent Silver Season, Nash backs his philosophical lyrics with a cacophony of twangy sounds that fall somewhere between Neil Young, Pink Floyd and an Ennio Morricone score. Essential album: Rain Plans

Woods (Saturday, April 30 @ 9:00PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

Brooklyn-based Woods have never had any trouble tapping into a kaleidoscopic array of psychedelic sounds. Most recently, this can be heard on the band’s ninth album City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, which finds them exploring the groovy terrain of Ethiopian jazz and Afrobeat placed in the context of sun-washed, poppier songs. The album is loaded with flourishes of horns, and it will be interesting to see how much of that they bring to the stage at Levitation. Regardless, Woods’ return to Levitation will be ideal for spacing out to on Saturday night. Essential album: City Sun Eater In The River Of Light

Sleep (Saturday, April 30 @ 11:45PM, Levitation Tent)

It’s safe to say that the multitude of acts playing stoner doom metal today would not exist without Sleep. With badass motherfucker Matt Pike at the helm, the group has spent two decades shredding their way through sprawling songs that are as heavy as it gets. Whereas Pike’s other band High On Fire is fast, brutal, and closer to Black Sabbath, Sleep is sludgy and slow-burning like a fat joint. They are unquestionably one of the heaviest bands playing Levitation this year, and since their live appearances are somewhat of a rarity, you’ll want to smoke some dope and saddle up for the dark, glorious journey that is Sleep. Essential album: Dopesmoker

Promised Land Sound (Sunday, May 1 @ 2:00PM, Reverberation Stage)

On their 2012 debut Stoned Eagle and 2013 self-titled follow-up, this gang of Nashville youngsters embraced what Gram Parsons once referred to as Cosmic American Music. Despite their age, the members of Promised Land Sound seemed to posses a natural talent for applying a laid back stoner aesthetic to country rock, a feat that may seem easy enough but has produced tons of cliché joke bands. Their latest effort For Use And Delight takes the country rock sound in an impressive new direction as the band drifts towards indie rock and a catchier pop sound. That authentic 70’s feel is still there, but these guys are not afraid to try out new things, and the result is beautiful. Promised Land Sound may not fit the “psych rock” mold per se, but they are absolutely worth catching. Essential listening: Promised Land Sound

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The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to announce the release of a new collection of Holy Wave tracks, titled The Evil Has Landed Part II. To be released December 11th and pressed on 10″ clear vinyl (limited to 1000 copies worldwide) and digital formats.

Holy Wave are from Austin, Texas and uphold the Lone Star State’s long-standing reputation for top-notch lysergic sounds. The band consists of multi-instrumentalists Joey Cook, Ryan Fuson, Kyle Hager, Julián Ruiz, and Dustin Zozaya. Holy Wave released their first LP in 2011, Knife Hits, followed by The Evil Has Landed EP in 2012. Both albums were were paired up on a 2013 collection called Evil Hits, their first release on The Reverberation Appreciation Society.  The track is all summery yearning, charmingly blasé vocals, and slowly unfurling surf licks. There’s a touch of melancholy lurking under all the sepia-drenched warmth, but make no mistake–this is asleep-in-the-sunlight bliss

2014 brought their second LP Relax, produced by Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Explosions In The Sky, My Morning Jacket), which took the band on extensive U.S. and European tours.

The Evil Has Landed Part II collects b-sides from the Relax sessions and demos from their upcoming LP, Freaks of Nurture, which the band is preparing to release in Spring 2016

TRACK LISTING

01 SUEÑOS
02 HOOD DREAMS
03 CRYSTAL BLUE P
04 SON OF SOUND
05 LADY MADONNAʼS OPERATION
06 OUR PIGS ONLY HAVE ONE BAD DAY

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the second album available on The Reverberation Appreciation Society label see the band HOLY WAVE sacred surf sounding songs and garage rock with droning riffs and vocals that haunt and harmonize Fuzzy guitars and an awesome live experience