If you like a Beatley melody, some twangy guitar, a smidgen of sitar and the odd bonkers middle eight 2013 has been a vintage year so far. The rush of new psych bands that emerged in 2012 has blossomed into a worldwide movement. And it isn’t all about 60 re-treads. Some of the new bands are clearly inspired by this mob and at the same time borrow as much from 80s bands like these and these as they are from the 60s originals.
Here then are my ten favourite psych albums of the year so far. The superb Bed Rugs and Morgan Delt don’t make the cut as their offerings are more EPs than albums. I also have thing for the new albums from Suede, Bill Ryder Jones, Still Corners and Jagwar Ma, but none are really psych enough to make the cut. And as for the new Darren Hayman album – well that is something else…
There’s loads to come too with The Soundcarriers, Len Price 3, Morgan Delt, Balduin and others all promising new albums by the end of the year. You lucky people!
7 The Sudden Death Of Stars - Getting Up, Going Down
A wonderful fusion of all that’s great about psychedelia from of the west of France. This album runs the whole gamut of psych from Byrdsie janglers through to Jacco Gardner-esque trippy ballads. it is experimental music but almost always framed within three or four minute pop songs. The album really is a must hear if you like the contemporary psych of say The Brian Jonestown Massacre (especially on the superb Goodbye) and The See See as well as original 60s stuff. Stand outs include the sitar driven opener ‘Supernovae,’ and ‘I'll Be There,’ which has an organ that sounds like The Nice!