The ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen

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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!

9 Beaulieu Porch - We Are Beautiful

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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 is 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. Also cock an ear to The View From Gainsborough, which has echoes of everyone's favourite reformed Paisley Undergrounders - The Three o'Clock and is all the better for it.

By Ashley | July 24th, 2013

  • Piping Plover
    8X8 – ‘The Anatomy Of An Apricot’ (2011)

  • Flat Ed

    the soft hearted scientists “False Lights” IS number One!

  • alex

    Bevis Frond “White Numbers”. Bear in mind that just wearing flower shirts or retro clothes not make a band psychedelic

  • BasculeTheFule

    Agreed Alex, it’s one of his finest albums, and since there’s not a duff one amongst his hefty back catalogue, that’s saying something.

  • Ashley Norris

    Cheers for the shout, I completely missed it. Will listen to it now.Loved The Leaving Of London

  • Your best friend.

    The Smoking Trees Acetates on Ample Play.

  • Julius Stone

    Elephant Stone – Elephant Stone.

  • Julius Stone

    Holydrug Couple – Noctuary.

  • Stephen kane

    Cult of dom Keller – s/t

  • Gibson

    hell yer!

  • Barbarous

    Orval Carlos Sibelius – Super Forma