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
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
If you like Tame Impala and Melody's Echo Chamber then you probably know all about The enigmatic Unknown Mortal Orchestral whose debut album last year mixed lo-fi shoegazing influenced tracks with Beatley pop tunes. II is just as good, and in Swim and Sleep they have their best moment yet as a wonky guitar, mannered vocals and catchy drum fills make the most of a very sweet melody. The band haven't deserted the soul-influences of their debut either. And tracks like So Good At Being In Trouble and in Monki there's even a hint of the first Soft Machine album.