I can say with all certainty that no Psychedelic track has ever hit me with such a weighted punch of melancholy as Purple Corporation’s latest single Underwater Blues. Frankly, it’s stunning, and may just be the purest installation of transcendentally psychedelic catharsis you’re likely to be treated to this year.
Tearing apart the elements almost seems blasphemous thanks to the alchemy created by the stabbing bassline cuts through the bluesy guitars and brass to create a lucidly biting progression. I’m not sure if there has ever been a track released to appeal to both Psychedelic fans and Blues fans simultaneously, if not Purple Corporation have made history.
Sure, there have been genre-mashes, yet Purple Corporation approach their sound with such a synergetic prowess you’ll be wondering why the soundscape hasn’t been composed before. The absolute cherry on the cake to Underwater Blues has to be the vocals, with a Post-Punk inclination the vocalist apathetically verses the poetically poised lyrics which don’t need much encouragement to resonate.
You can check out Purple Corporation’s latest single Underwater Blues for yourselves now by heading over to SoundCloud
Whilst there has been no shortage of artists tackling the Psychedelic revival, it’s nice to see that Black Market Salesmen took a prodigally inspired to the genre with their latest single Flower Child.
If I’m not mistaken, there was the smallest hint of the Punk attitude written into the single. The Blues-driven guitars lead you through the prelude into a track home to archetypally-inspired vocals. Yet, there is nothing archetypal about the deep hum of the bassline which carries you through Flower Child until the instrumentals meander into one of the most cataclysmically heavy breakdowns I’ve ever heard in a psychedelic track. After that drum solo, no one will ever question the percussion section of Black Market Salesmen
You can check out Flower Child for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
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The title to the track of the Black Planes latest single may be Stone in Love, but God damn it, after listening to it, I’m in love.
Finding a Psychedelic Rock band that put out the same decadently reverberant fuzzy bliss as contained in their latest single would be like finding a needle in a haystack. So many Psychedellic artists are trying to create something conceptual out of revival by sticking to the fundamentals. Yet, the Black Planes have gone in a completely different direction and incorporated some sublimely filthy synth that even purists wouldn’t even be able to deny adds something to the soundscape.
From Stone in Love you can expect a weaving of trippy ambient chaos around the grinding riffs of the guitar which lead the way through the prodigal new track from their latest album ‘This is the Black Planes’.
You can check out the Black Planes single Stone in Love for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.
I’m finding it impossible to see how anyone with a penchant for guitar-driven tracks wouldn’t adore the Wrong Party’s stand out single Mystic Woman from their 2018 self-titled album.
The prelude riff sets you up to almost expect just another psychedelic revival track, but Mystic Woman is so much more. The chaos that they pour into the progression of the track will leave artists such as Thee Oh Sees envious. If Dr. Frankenstein did 60’s psychedelic revival, I’m pretty sure this is what it would sound like, because they’ve created an absolute monster. Each of the ten tracks off the album are as raucously decadent as the next. And of course, no review of Mystic Woman could be complete without mentioning the thunderous bassline as it ties around the scatty antagonistic guitar bites.
You can stream the Wrong Party’s album in full on Spotify now, head on over to Facebook to connect with the band and stay up to date with their latest releases and tours.
There is something great lo-fi about Uncle Einar, something that tells you that he is more interesting in the process of song writing and making music than in the polish and shine of the production process which seems these days to be often the more important aspect of a release. Instead he sits somewhere between that wonky and wonderful sound of bedroom troubadours and the lo-fi, punk attitude that much underground American indie music adopted from the nineties onwards.
But unlike many solo acts of this nature, rather than being merely a guy with a guitar and sounding like every other wannabe and musical wastrel not that serious about where it all goes, he instead builds layers of sonic textures around him, deep rooted bass, over dubs of extra guitar until he ends up at the eye of a psychedelic storm. If most modern music is the equivalent of watching lightning dance from a safe distance, All I Thought is the process of getting out amongst some serious weather and really feeling the wind on your face.
Ever wished that Radiohead had a bit more of a kick? Well, that’s exactly what you get with the Austin, Texas based collective the Stan Laurels. They’ve infused a Thom Yorke approach to vocals with a muddy, reverberatingly tantalising orchestration of instrumentals that almost act as a TARDIS back to the 60’s when the general record buying population actually recognised the talent in bands such as the Beatles & Zombies. There are very few artists who can create soundscape built upon pure nostalgic catharsis but the Stan Laurels have cracked it with their multi-layered composition of Indie and Psychedelia. With their latest single Maybe the Stan Laurels created a futuristically anachronistic sound that will stick with you for long after it fades out. The rhythmic harmony contained within their latest track stands as testament to their melodic synergy. In short, it’s the perfect song to get excited about the summer to.
Maybe is the title track from the Stan Laurels 2018 album which will be available to download and stream from June 12th, 2018. In the meantime, check out the single via BandCamp & connect with the band via Facebook.
For all fans of Psychedelic revival sound rejoice, we’ve discovered one of the most nostalgically blissful emerging artists on the scene. Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin has that quintessential nod to nostalgia, yet, the raucously sonorous edge to the bands latest track Solitary Man is nothing short of organic. The grooves of the guitar hooks are sweet and the soaring yet grinding riffs are nothing but filthy. If you’re a fan of El Goodo, Super Furry Animals, Black Keys and Hookworms then you’ll love Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin; the timeless Psychedelic sound. The Southern Californian based sound comes courtesy of musicians Anthony Defreitas and Brennan Justice who create their sound by weaving Garage, Neo Psychedelia, 60’s Surf with the classic effects of 1970’s American Rock. The fact that duo’s cover of Neil Diamond’s Solitary Man in their garage is nothing other than spectacular.
You can check out Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin’s latest track Solitary Man on Spotify which was self-released February 7th, 2018. I can’t even imagine what the band could achieve with a record deal.
Danube Trail is just one of the glorious tracks from Arbor Creek’s debut self-titled 2018 album that I fell I instantaneously fell in love with. For those who aren’t familiar with their effervescent sound, Arbor Creek are a Psychedelic Blues Rock outfit from Illinois who I’m fairly certain are well on their way to being the next big American Alt Rock act.
Before you start taking a collective sigh ‘not another revival band’, I’d like to put it out there that Arbor Creek are no mere assimilation of sound from decades gone by. Their immersive, progressive style quite literally made the hair on the back of my neck stick up through the complexity of their instrumental breakdowns. Taking inspiration from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and My Morning Jacket, the bands powerful attack of talent should have really come as no surprise. Yet nothing could quite prepare you for the ingenuity behind each progression of the chord and twist of the rhythm, whilst the vocals to Danube Trail were a straight up mix of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Curtis Stigers.
You can download & stream Danube Trail via BandCamp & connect with Arbor Creek via Facebook to stay posted on their tours and new releases.
Where to begin? Something To Get Over by Peace of Mind is a strange piece, there is no denying that. But strange is good, strange is mercurial, unique, original, boundary defying and there is no shortage of that here. At turns it wanders 60’s psychedelic landscapes, alt-rock noise, retro-pop melodies and post-punk swagger which takes some doing in just over three and a half minutes. But music isn’t always about following rules, much of the best of it comes from discarding them and beating your own path along whichever musical route takes your fancy not to mention taking tangential journeys of your own making, hopping fences and short circuiting convention.
Something To Get Over does all that and more, it sits between music and art, art and exploration, exploration and academia, it is blissfully unaware of genres, or more likely wilfully ignorant of their purpose and as such the result is unique. And if the choice is between the tried and tested and the odd and challenging, I’ll take the latter any day of the week…and twice on Saturday.
Sam Saint Jones track “You” helped me to forget everything that I thought I knew about music.
His sound can’t be confined to a genre, it’s much more of a feeling, and experience that you’re dragged along on through the power of his Swampy Psychedelic love song. The soothing sound guides you through the arrangements that lead you into warmth and uncertainty as the track unfurls in a Shoegaze way, that Mercury Rev, Slowdive & My Bloody Valentine would be proud of. The reverberation on the instrumentals is resonant and reflective which set the perfect stage for the melancholic flow of the vocals to create a cacophony of ambience.
The Sydney, Australia based artist defines style as Indie Swamp, Psychedelic, but that doesn’t even come close to hitting the nail on the head of this awesome instrumental mix, that’s been painstakingly polished after the heavy production.
Jones doesn’t have to tell you that his heart and soul went into this track, you can feel it through the sonorous vibe.
If you discover one more artist in 2017, make it Sam Saint Jones, check out his debut track You using the SoundCloud link below: