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!
4 The Sufis - Inventions
Album number two from Nashville's The Sufis delivers on all the promise of that incendiary debut and then some. The tunes are stronger, the production sharper and the ideas ever more off the wall. The band are still mining Revolver era Beatles and Floyd’s Piper opus, but then again, Most Peculiar Happening Cat owes a little to Ray Davies and I’ll Come To See You has more than a whiff of The Left Banke. Highlights - well, the current single, No Expression encapsulates much of what is great about the band, while The End kicks a northern soul beat and jazzy organ into the psych stratosphere. It is not out for a couple of weeks, but if you love a bit of Brit psych then this is a must