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

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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.

4 Melody's Echo Chamber

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And it all starts so innocently. ‘I Follow You’, the opening cut from the debut album by French band Melody's Echo Chamber, is a lovely slice of dream pop - not far removed from Best Coast at their most immediate or The Fountains of Wayne side project Ivy. Track two, ‘Crystalized’, sticks to that template with its jangly guitars and winsome vocals.Yet just I was when I was settling in for an hour or so of blissed out pop fun along comes track three, ‘You Won't Be Missing That Part of Me’, and the band’s true colours start to show. Over a swirling keyboard heavy arrangement and an unsettling drum beat, the band heads towards territory last occupied by the wonderful Stereolab and the sadly missed Broadcast. Then things go very weird. ‘Snowcapped Andes Crash’, a song about err, post plane cannibalism, is a bonkers psych driven instrumental with weird jazz trappings. The album is as odd as it sounds, but really rather wonderful too.