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REPTIEL – Spirit Usher: High-Octane Psychedelia

Just how Funk addled can a psychedelic revival track sound? San Francisco based collective REPTIEL has pushed the boundaries with their latest single Spirit Usher. The amount of fun that the band had whilst creating this track is palpable in each note. The rhythm comes alive under the funk and groove of the melodies which twist and turn, leading the sound away from what you’d come to expect from a Psychedelia band thanks to their progressive sensibility.

Whilst the vocals are minimal, there is plenty of emotion pouring through the instrumentals to carry you to a new plane of concordant astral bliss. It has to be said that I’m never usually down for concept albums, but REPTIEL have proven to be an exception to that rule with their planetary weaving orchestrations of Indie Prog Rock.

If you thought Pink Floyd was trippy, you’re in for an absolute treat with Spirit Usher which is just one of the tracks from REPTIEL’s latest album the Planet of Progkp.

You can check out REPTIEL’s latest single which was released on June 21st, 2018 via BandCamp now – prepare for a lucidly concordant mix of phantasma.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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THE INDICA GALLERY; Proving Liverpool is the UK’s Capital of Psychedelia

There simply aren’t any words for how the new track from THE INDICA GALLERY ‘Forever Loving You’ catches in your throat just with the first few heavily reverberated notes as they introduce one of the most evocative tracks I’ve heard in a long time.

The vocals have a faint reminiscence to Bowie, yet, it’s clear that THE INDICA GALLERY didn’t set out to assimilate the fallen icon’s sound. Around the vocals you can expect some blissfully decadent Psychedelic Shoegaze guitars, with plenty of fuzzy reverb to sink your teeth into. There are vey few tracks around as grounding, yet as uplifting as Forever Loving You which was created by a quintet of Liverpool based sensational Indie artists. Each note from the guitar pierces straight through you, as you listen to the tentatively timed drum rolls unfold creating a pretty god damn perfect concordant melody. It’s safe to say THE INDICA GALLERY will be joining my playlists alongside Bowie, Angel Olsen and the Beatles.

Head one over to Facebook where you can check out the INDICA GALLERY’S video to Forever Loving You. If you’re also lucky enough to live up North, stay tuned for their tour dates!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Three P’s…Pop, Prog And Psychedelia

They say that if you remember the sixties you weren’t really there (maaan)! Well, now you don’t have to try to image what that era might have been like as GU-RU sounds exactly how I want the soundtrack to that decade to sound. But not the perky, hi-fashion, swinging sixties that has been so well documented in the media archives, this is the sound of the underground, the parallel line to the usual direction of travel. Asylum is the sound of 60’s psych making love to 70’s prog, the sound of one decade’s simplicity splicing with another complexity and the result is a wonderfully free wheeling piece of…well, psych-pop-prog?

This is the sound of being comatose on a Persian rug wrapped in a drug fug in the basement of a Ladbroke Grove squat in about 1966 or a Haight-Ashbury coffee shop in 1972. Or vice versa! The sounds are warm and exotic, psychedelic and full of otherness, they rub shoulders with the acid laced sound of  West Coast acts such as Love and Jefferson Airplane and wash over you like the musky smoke from a hookah pipe. And there’s flutes…when was the last time you heard a decent flute outside a Jethro Tull album?

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Hawker Roam – The Wanderer: 60’s Psychedelia Mixed with Modern Euphoria

Before I even hit play on this track I knew it was going to sound spectacular, the track title subtly hints that you’re going to be taken on a journey, but what I couldn’t anticipate was just how spectacular that journey was going to be. The track is drenched in Psychedelic nostalgic sound, with a heavy domineering mix of acoustic and reverberated guitars that drop, swirl and dance over this truly transient Indie Blues Post-Progressive track.

The level of harmony achieved by Harker Roam in their debut track hits you as an empyreal dream that allows you to simply get lost in the angelic riffs that allow this track to transcend above the half-baked tracks that are floating around today. The Salt Lake City, Utah based band take their inspiration from bands such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Death Cab for Cutie, they promise to deliver a unique sonic experience through their sound, and they do more than deliver in their latest hit. There’s not many vocalists that I would put in the same league as Thom Yorke but Shawn Homer is definitely one of them.

You can check out The Wanderer for yourselves on iTunes using the link below:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beneath-the-surface/1342092701

For more music, head on over to the bands Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/hawkerroam/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Qualia Crosses Pop And Psychedelia With ‘Time Laughs’

While production has advanced in notable ways in recent memory, the art of composition is something that should never disappear from music making. Every now and then, we need a track that reminds us that a properly orchestrated series of layered tracks is all we really need for a classic to be born. Qualia wobbles through a fanciful trip of pop and psychedelia in a musical space that truly feels like anything can happen in the track Time Laughs. Boasting remarkable structural similarities to gentle giants of the music world like the Magnetic Fields, Time Laughs will get in your head to the point of lapses in memory and a feeling of unexplainable ease of self.

This track feels like a truly unique culmination of styles that vary from Latin percussion to random bits of bluesy guitar to pitchy soundscapes created by vocal wails that seem unnaturally expressive. These all somehow come together in a way that isn’t unnerving, nor is it perfectly together. This sort of detuned emotion is reminiscent of some Avant Gard titans that would make St. Vincent herself turn her head and smile at the pleasant motions of Qualia. Whatever spell is cast on those who listen to this track; you may wish to try it for yourself. If time indeed laughs, we may as well be in on the joke and laugh along.

-Paul Weyer

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