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.

12 Kontiki Suite - On Sunset Lake

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They might hail from the Lake District, but On Sunset Lake the debut from Kontiki Suite drips Californian sunshine. The big influence here are The Byrds and tracks like See You In The Morning and the eight plus minutes of Magic Carpet Ride sound as if they could be out-takes from The Notorious Byrd Brothers album. Other songs veer towards the country-esque moments of Teenage Fanclub and The Cosmic Rough Riders. It is out in mid-December on CD, but you can stream the album from the band's Bandcamp page now.