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Futurist – All I Ever Wanted: A Succinctly Captivating Reinvention of Psych Pop

If it’s been a while since you heard a track so succinctly beautiful and melodious it made you want to cry, you can give yourself a reminder of what emotively arrestive music sounds like by delving into Futurist ‘s latest 2019 album “Omens”.

Each of the ten singles on the album is equipped with an arsenal of authentic creative ingenuity, but the single “All I Ever Wanted” is the best introduction to their soulfully stylistic sound.

It’s not often I get viscerally excited about the commercial potential of music. But the jazzy, soft, comfortingly psychedelic progressions found in All I Ever Wanted have quite the enamouring effect.

Their unique take on Psych Pop is only possible through the talent possessed by the four NYC based artists. Through a mix of playful keys, lightly dexterous guitar progressions, and accordantly energetic percussion, the perfect platform for the magnetically quaint vocals was constructed.

You can check out Futurist’s sweetly serene latest single All I Ever Wanted by heading over to SoundCloud. Your soul will get quite the stroke if you take a chance on this endearingly mesmeric soundscape.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aidan Maizels releases their sonically ethereal Art Rock single “Nuages Cœur”

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Aidan Maizels released their latest artfully indulgent single “Nuages Cœur” on September 20th, sharing with the airwaves a unique smorgasbord of sounds which pull together in sonically lucid concordance.

The single may kick off with some slightly ominous synth keys, yet, the progressions of the single reveal plenty of elements of psychedelic ambience – that’s when the melody behind Nuages Cœur truly grips you. There’s an incredible amount of catharsis to be found in Nuages Cœur, and it’s safe to say that it should be plenty of appeal to any fans of bands such as Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and Ride.

Considering that I’m fairly aurally jaded and Nuages Cœur still managed to give me chills, that’s a fairly undeniable testament to Aidan Maizels ability as a songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.

If the alchemic contortions of sound don’t leave you enamoured, the fact that the Melbourne-based artist wrote it about falling in love with a cloud definitely should do it.

You can stream and download Nuages Cœur by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Astral Elevator Presents the Psych Rising, Manchester Oct 5th – Last Few Tickets Remaining

If you’re looking for psychotropic aural escapism Astral Elevator has you covered with the Psych Rising, happening in Manchester on October 5th.

On any given night in Manchester, you’ll find an array of gigs to stumble into, but once again Astral Elevator has deftly curated a line up of the finest Psych Rock, Shoegaze, Garage Rock, Post-Punk, and Psych-Doom which you definitely won’t want to miss out on.

Amongst the 15 bands performing across the two stages (no clashes!), you’ll spot the leaders in the revival of psychedelic tones along with promising up and coming talent ready to offer ascension through their colourfully riotous riffs.

In running order, here’s the international array of bands who make it more than obvious why they made the cut.

Astral Elevator

 

Hazel’s Maze – Cheshire-based Alt Rock offering Melodiously cathartic, ethereally captivating tones.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Sauce – Manchester-based fourpiece renowned for their refreshingly authentic wholesome Rock vibes. It’s like being thrown back to the 90s when everyone seemed to love each other a little more. Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Korto – Punchy riotous supersonic Kraut Rock three-piece bringing their high-octane, sporadically chaotic energy all the way from the French Alps.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

PALE RIDER – One of Liverpool’s most promising newcomers ready to spill their kaleidoscopically nostalgic aural alchemy.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

The Kundalini Genie – Quintessentially captivating hazy melodic Psych Pop reviving the 60s style with Indian Classical, Blues, Folk, and Jazz thrown in for good effect.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Hey Bulldog – Containing easily one of the best guitarists in Manchester, the three-piece will prove exactly why they’re worthy of that accolade as they blend sonic futurism with rhythmic vintage nostalgia.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Kill Your Boyfriend – 2 Piece band flying in from Venice to leave us slightly disconcerted with their dark noisy Shoegaze-laden Post Punk. Imagine PIL and Magazine with a psych infusion and you’ve got Kill Your Boyfriend.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

SeRvo – Cavernously phantasmic ambient Psychedelia from a uniquely captivating French artist renowned for making Shoegaze colder than we’ve ever heard it before.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Frankie Teardrop Dead – A highly acclaimed Manchester-based Dream-Wave act who fuse Psychedelia with roots-deep Rock n Roll to spill enough catharsis to lull to you into a state of colourful euphoric bliss.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Psychic Lemon – Masterfully crafted Space Rock from the Cambridge-based act who have given the revival of Psych Rock a brand-new trajectory.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Phobophobes – The South London Six-piece utilise their serpentine sordid rhythms to flirt with nostalgic tonality whilst simultaneously gripping you with their modern magnetic air of aural dejection. This set is definitely not to be missed.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

The Telescopes – After the release of their 11th studio album, the Telescopes are ready to bring their consciousness-expanding soundscapes to Manchester once more. Expect a stripped and exposed bed of Psychedelic Indie.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

The Gluts – The Milan-based fourpiece will be bringing their atmospherically-charged brand of Noisy Psych-steeped experimental Post Punk to douse you in blistering progressions of over-driven guitars.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Gnod – Raging Psychedelic Noise from the Manchester-based collective who have been rearranging synapses since 2006 with their caustically indulgent sound.
Artist Links: Spotify

Snakes Don’t Belong in Alaska – Rounding off the live acts will be the Psych Krautrock band who endearingly describe themselves as being the “UK’s Worst Hawkwind tribute band” – we definitely don’t agree.
Artist Links: Facebook, Spotify

Info: 5th Oct 13:00 – 03:30, Night People & Twisted Wheel, Manchester, £35 + bf

Tickets for the event are now on final release and can be purchased via Skiddle

For more info, head over to the Facebook event page.

Amelia Vandergast

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D.P. Webster – Dolores’ Park: Restoratively Psychedelic Folktronica

There are psychedelic soundscapes, then there’s what up and coming Folktronica artist D.P. Webster orchestrated in their latest single “Dolores’ Park”.

Psychedelia and Electronica don’t often go in hand, but with this track, they’re the perfect fit. If the Beatles had started out in 2019, I can imagine that Dolores’ Park is similar to what they’d cook up. There’s plenty of reminiscences found within the uplifting sentiment and tonality of the track along with the simple yet always welcome reminder to love each other and that our realities are subjective.

From the first time you hit play, you can truly appreciate the ethereal air which breezes through Dolores’ Park as D.P. Webster’s flawlessly harmonic vocals sit in perfect synergy with the colourful melodies.

You can check out D.P. Webster’s latest single Dolores’ Park for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Strawberry Moons – Nicole’s Song: Soberingly Arrestive Indie Psychedelic Folk Pop

The Strawberry Moons have paired a Folk lyrical style with a captivating arrangement of Indie Psych Pop with their latest single “Nicole’s Song”. The sentiment behind the single may be one of the most heart-wrenching I’ve ever heard. Nicole’s Song was written to serve as a memorial to anyone who has ever lost a loved one and to anyone still grieving over their personal pasts.

The sobering single does much more than sensitively allude to the nature of depression, it delves deep into the process of beauty strength and peace being distorted by unshakable sorrow; a by-product of dwelling in the possibilities which lay in our past. It’s an incredibly accurate depiction of the isolation of anhedonia, and one which won’t fail to resonate with anyone who has experienced it or has known someone that has.

You can listen to The Strawberry Moons latest single Nicole’s Song for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Purple Corporation – Underwater Blues: Melancholic Blues with a Psychedelic Twist

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

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Black Market Salesmen – Flower Child: A Reinvention of Psychedelic Blues

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.

To keep up with the Huntsville, US-based artist’s latest releases, give then a follow on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Black Planes – Stone in Love: A Prodigally Inspired Psychedelic Revival

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Wrong Party – Mystic Woman: A Raucously Eclectic Take on the Psychedelic Revival

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Uncle Einar – All I Thought

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.

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