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
By The Sea
The debut album from new Liverpool, band By The Sea is a gloriously atmsopheric affair where twangy guitars duel with gentle keyboards in a sound that sometimes conjures up Echo and The Bunnymen and at other times long forgotten, but rather wonderful Manc band The Chameleons. Eveline is magnificent a perfect pop song underpinned by a nagging drum beat and edgy bass that bounces all over the place before a taking off courtesy of a joyful reverb heavy guitar solo. Waltz Away is another gem which has a whiff of Aussie psychsters The Church and closer to home, very early Stone Roses. A wonderful debut.
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