It might only be March, but already it has been a vintage year for lovers of wonky sixties influenced pop aka psych.
Last year’s great hope, Jacco Gardner, has already treated us to a very fine album that delivers on the promise of his exceptional early singles. While Robyn Hitchcock, the spiritual godfather of British psych has turned out an album that rivals the best music he has ever made.
And then there’s an American band Foxygen, who might just be the best 60s influenced band that country has produced since The Strokes and The White Stripes.
Here then are 10, ok 8, great albums from this year plus a couple from the tail end of last year. Spotify new Psych playlist – which features many of the bands – below the pics.
If you want more then here are the top 15 Psych albums from last year
Beaulieu Porch - We Are Beautiful
The BP's debut album from last year was an absolute stunner - an astonishing mix of power pop and Strawberry Fields Beatley psych. Album two, We Are Beautiful isn't out until the end of the month but is rumoured to be a more mellow affair with mellotron washed tracks like Amen paying homage to The Moody Blues and early Bee Gees.The album's first single Anno Domini is a monster. A subtle lilting melody which gets overrun by an incendiary Tomorrow Never Knows slam of of psych guitar.