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
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro
Last year James Levy and Alison Pierce created a lovely Nancy and Lee duets style album in Pray To Be Free. This year it is the turn of The Moldy Peaches' Adam Green who has partnered his gruff folky drawl with the stunning gossamer light vocals of Binki Shapiuro. This is the least Psych album on the list but even so it has its 60s pop credentials very much to the fore. Here I am - which starts off slowly and builds to a gorgeous climax. Then there's Casanova, a country-esque waltz with Shapiro doing her best Hope Sandoval which unexpectedly blossoms into a uplifting pop tune with a stunning chorus. The other big highlight is the album's downbeat closer Nighttime Stopped Bleeding, which starts slowly before Green's Cohen-esque vocals get submerged under guitar and strings.