Articles tagged psychedelic rock

24 Jun 2016 // 2:20 AM

Psychic Ills: Inner Journey Out

Inner Journey Out has a cracked but unbreakable zen demeanor as it searches for serenity along a desert roadside.

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Peter Bjorn and John: Breakin’ Point

With a stable of blockbuster producers in tow, Peter Bjorn and John reach indie pop nirvana on their seventh collection of upbeat, hook-driven bubblegum.

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Laser Background - “Slip n Slide” (video) (premiere)

Laser Background’s brand of psychedelic rock is one which looks firmly backwards in a good way.

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Earthless + Harsh Toke: Acid Crusher / Mount Swan

This is psychoactive music for psychoactive times, and neither Earthless nor Harsh Toke falter in their mission to sing the words of the muse.

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13 Jun 2016 // 3:00 AM

Destruction and Space: An Interview with Heron Oblivion

The heavy psych supergroup (that's half of Comets on Fire, Espers' Meg Baird and guitar wizard Charlie Saufley) makes a beautiful noise, with plenty of space for reflection and experiment.

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Red Krayola with Art & Language: Baby and Child Care

Long shelved collection of parental advice from Dr. Spock set to art funk rhythms and new wave sheen is finally given the release it deserves.

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Blaak Heat: Shifting Mirrors

On Shifting Mirrors, Blaak Heat makes music that draws from a variety of worldly sources, prizing musical innovation as much as sheer heaviness.

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Chris Cohen: As If Apart

As If Apart isn’t that much different than his debut, 2012's Overgrown Path, though it lends an additional vivacity that enhances Cohen’s knack for compositional balance.

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Various Artists: Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985 (take 2)

This is a thorough, satisfying, and surprisingly scholarly cross-section of British New Psych in the early '80s.

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Various Artists: Another Splash of Colour: New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985

This thorough three-disc history will make you an instant scholar of a movement that many don't know about, but should.

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5 Apr 2016 // 2:20 AM

Black Mountain: IV

Black Mountain blends the best of its heavy and progressive tendencies on a record that proves that space can also be sexy.

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10 Mar 2016 // 5:00 PM

Black Mountain - “Florian Saucer Attack” (Singles Going Steady)

"Florian Saucer Attack" shows Black Mountain pressing their instruments, and thereby the song itself, toward some limit-point where eschatological destruction looms precipitously near.

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Golden Dawn Arkestra: Stargazer

There's a Ra connection here in more than name. And there's a legend surrounding one of the key players and his relationship to the Great One. True or untrue, that story only adds to the mystery behind this good-time release.

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17 Feb 2016 // 1:30 PM

Black Mountain - “Mothers of the Sun” (Singles Going Steady)

The one-time Polaris nominee Black Mountain returns with an epic offering, merging Massive Attack with Sabbath-heavy riffs.

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28 Jan 2016 // 10:41 AM

The Altered Hours - ‘In Heat Not Sorry’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Altered Hours' sound ranges from ethereal darkness to pysch-heavy trance to dreamy shoegaze, which makes it really easy to find yourself enveloped within their singular world.

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26 Jan 2016 // 3:15 AM

Wall of Death: Loveland

Loveland doesn't just tip its cap to its psychedelic forebears; it gives them the mic.

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Rhyton: Navigation by Starlight

Rhyton's excellent new album shows the band returning to deep improvisation, but these big sounds never obscure the locked-in, lean rock trio at the center of it all.

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Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall has always reliably subscribed to rockist orthodoxy, but he’s left room enough on his new album for noisy evolution.

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All Them Witches: Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

For all its variety, this is a damn fine rock album, plain and simple.

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The Telescopes: Splashdown: The Complete Creation Recordings 1990-1992

Splashdown gives this short, prolific period of the Telescopes’ history a sense of balance that few back in the day might've admitted.

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