Here then are our favourite Psychedelic albums of 2012. It does of course beg the question what exactly is Psychedelia?
Literally it is mind expanding music which over time has come to be associated with bands in thrall to its golden age of the late 60s.
These days it has become more of a catch all term though for bands who take mind expanding music from the past (Kraut Rock, Shoegazing, Dream pop and even a bit of prog) and give it a contemporary spin.
This year has all been about the huge success of Tame Impala. They are, however, the tip of a very large iceberg. Labels like Trouble In Mind in the US and Ample Play in the UK as well mags like Shindig and blogs like The Active Listener show just how exciting and diverse the psych scene currently is.
Here then are our favourite 15. What have we missed? Tell us in the comments. Spotify playlist below too.
13 The Sunchymes - Let Your Flag Fly Free
A couple of years back on constant rotation at my place was a Beach Boys style album rich in harmonies and stunning melodies. Most bizarrely of all it hailed not from California but from Rushden Northamptonshire. Now, Aaron Hemmington, for he is basically The Sunchymes, is back with a second outing and it is just as strong as its predecessor. A few moments into the opener, ‘Revelations In Her Mind’, and you’ll know what’s coming - West Coast pop as the Wilsons played it but with clever twists and turns. This time round Hemmington has also been listening to a few British psych albums. For ‘Seargent Walker’ and ‘Uncle Alfred’s Slide Show’ have that sinister tweeness that characterises the best of the genre. They sound a little to me like lost 80s mod band Direct Hits, and that is a big compliment. Flag is a fine second album and well worth your attention.