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
The Solar System - Red Air
Not so much a new album but a collection of the recent musings of one Chris Oliver aka The Solar System. This is lo-fi psych pop heaven with subtle droney vocals battling with trippy guitars and Floyed-esque keyboards. Tracks like the eery Permission Slip and the acoustic Dreams slip quietly into your sub-conscious. You can find this, and other Solar System recordings on their Bandcamp page here - http://thesolarsystem.bandcamp.com/album/red-air-a-retrospective