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 Moons - Fables of History
This album actually hails from the end of last year, but it is so good it really deserves yet another plug. The Moons are a London-based (via The Midlands) band whose debut album Life On Earth was a sprightly mix of all things 60s. Fables is a huge leap on with tunes that don't just pay homage to the band's 60s heroes, at times they rival them. Jennifer Sits Alone is a wistfully acoustic strum with hints of The Kinks/Hollies while Habit Of A Lifetime is perky Merseybeat given a contemporary spin with a killer chorus. Revolutionary Lovers sounds like a long forgotten 60s hit single. It is beautifully arranged too. Every song seems to have an off the wall - but perfectly crafted middle eight. Imagine listening to an episode of R2's Sounds Of The 60s featuring loads of great tunes that you have never heard before. Well Fables Of History is just like that.