psychedelic folk

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

‘1967’ and Robyn Hitchcock’s Quest to Stay High for Eternity

Robyn Hitchcock’s memoir 1967 taps into the music high that untethered the restraints of boarding school and shaped his life and music for eternity.

The Oral History of Grizzly Bear’s Wild Remix Album

The Oral History of Grizzly Bear’s Wild Remix Album

Two decades ago, the hushed indie-rock luminaries Grizzly Bear released a buzzy acoustic debut. A year later, it got a wild remix LP. This is its story.

Six Organs of Admittance Traverses Life’s Purgatory on ‘Time Is Glass’

Six Organs of Admittance Traverses Life’s Purgatory on ‘Time Is Glass’

Six Organs of Admittance’s Time Is Glass is ultimately about estrangement in this world with songs that inhabit the space between immanence and transcendence.

Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny Chats About How ‘Time Is Glass’

Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny Chats About How ‘Time Is Glass’

Six Organs of Admittance’s Ben Chasny discusses late 1990s folk, music journalism, his independent publication, and new record Time Is Glass.

Jane Weaver’s ‘Love in Constant Spectacle’ is Woven to Impress

Jane Weaver’s ‘Love in Constant Spectacle’ is Woven to Impress

British indie artist Jane Weaver bridges the experimental textures of her earlier work with accessible pop gestures on her latest album.

Woods Find Continued Renewal on ‘Perennial’

Woods Find Continued Renewal on ‘Perennial’

Woods’ Perennial is about return and the comforts of routine, whether in music or life and middle-age acceptance relating to identity and the passage of time.

The Strange World of Devendra Banhart’s ‘Flying Wig’

The Strange World of Devendra Banhart’s ‘Flying Wig’

Devendra Banhart’s Flying Wig was produced by experimental musician Cate LeBon, and she has made his spacey music more spacious by closing him in.

Beyond The Incredible String Band: Seven Songs by Mike Heron

Beyond The Incredible String Band: Seven Songs by Mike Heron

Mike Heron went his own way to take a holiday from the Incredible String Band, known for its folk roots, and experimented with rock. Here are seven of his best songs.

In the Aeroplane Over the Meme with Neutral Milk Hotel

In the Aeroplane Over the Meme with Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel’s ambiguous 1988 album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, suffered a memeified atrocity. But the tides of public opinion rise and fall, and memes come and go.

‘The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel’ Are Newly Re-Issued

‘The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel’ Are Newly Re-Issued

Essentially a re-issue of a 2011 box set with Neutral Milk Hotel’s recorded work, their legacy remains unparalleled even if there’s not much new to exhume.

If ‘Shufflemania!’ Isn’t Robyn Hitchcock’s Best Album, It’s Certainly One of His Best

If ‘Shufflemania!’ Isn’t Robyn Hitchcock’s Best Album, It’s Certainly One of His Best

Concepts like “consistency” and “quality” are relative, but a new album from Robyn Hitchcock is always a good reminder of what’s truly “great”, and Shufflemania! is no exception.

What Was So Incredible About The Incredible String Band?

What Was So Incredible About The Incredible String Band?

What was it about the humble Scottish folk group the Incredible String Band that moved the Beatles, David Bowie, and even the Archbishop of Canterbury?