The Unmissables – the top 15 Psychedelic albums of 2012 – Tame Impala, Mmoss, Alfa 9 and more

Ashley features, Music 7 Comments

Here at Brandish Towers we are huge psych fans. From the bonkers nursery rhymes on acid tunes of early Floyd through to the dream pop melange that is The Horrors we can’t get enough of it.

Here then are our favourite Psychedelic albums of 2012. It does of course  beg the question what exactly is Psychedelia?

Literally it is mind expanding music which over time has come to be associated with bands in thrall to its golden age of the late 60s.

These days it has become more of a catch all term though for bands who take mind expanding music from the past (Kraut Rock, Shoegazing, Dream pop and even a bit of prog) and give it a contemporary spin.

This year has all been about the huge success of Tame Impala. They are, however, the tip of a very large iceberg. Labels like Trouble In Mind in the US and Ample Play in the UK as well mags like Shindig and blogs like The Active Listener show just how exciting and diverse the psych scene currently is.

Here then are our favourite  15. What have we missed? Tell us in the comments. Spotify playlist below too.

Here our are top debut albums and singer-songwriter albums too.

11 Death By Chocolate - Bric-a-brac

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As someone who had a bit of an obsession with El Records’ campy English pop from the late 80s I knew from the off that I was going to love this! On this, their third album the formula hasn’t changed a great deal, twee girly vocals, funky keyboard-driven instrumentals and bizarre voice interludes, but on Bric-a-Brac they sound better, and smarter than ever. If anything it sounds better because very few people in the world are making music like this. It kicks off with a spoken word menu from an Italian restaurant in to the 60s before launching into a very funky version of the the theme tune to ‘Are You Being Served’ which is as bizarre as it sounds. A few moments later and you have have learnt the names of Russian astronauts on the very groovy Stereolab-esque instrumental ‘Kosmonaut’ and sped round the south coast on the album’s pure pop highlight Bantam Motorbike. Other highlights are Day Out, which sounds like a orphan from a late 60s musical and Dining With Death which features spoken vocals over a driving beat that quite unexpectedly blossoms into a another glorious 60sish pop tune. Alas it is all over way too soon. Here’s hoping they don’t leave it so long next time.