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The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

By Stefano on June 5th, 2013

Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist.

So without further ado – here you go.

The Sudden Death Of Stars – I’ll Be There - One of the stand out tracks from the French psychsters ace new album Getting Up, Going Down which is out on June 10 via Ample Play. Love the subtle strings and the Rupert’s People vintage 60s organ.

Hounds Tooth – Canary Island - Lovely summery slice of floaty psych from the Portland US based band. Love that extended guitar coda. Their album Ride Out The Dark” will be out in July on No Quarter Records

The Magnetic Mind – Maybe The Stars, Maybe The Sun – Really exciting new North London band whose debut single is the nearest thing anyone has ever come to The Peanut Butter Conspiracy in four decades. Bet they are amazing live.

The Shadow Kabinet – Nostalgia For The Future – Lovely floaty psych from the always superb Shadow Kabinet. The Camden band’s new album – this is the title track – is out on high quality download is already gaining some amazing reviews.

The Young Sinclairs – Engineer Man – The Virginia based folk rockers have made a series of great albums and singles. On Engineer Man they add a Who/Powder power pop undercurrent. It is available as a vinyl single with the equally excellent Problems – very soon

The Parlour Flames – Manchester Rain - The new band of Vinny Peculiar (who was responsible for the third best ever song with Louise in the title - which is a massive compliment) and Bonehead once of Oasis. This is one of many 60s influenced tracks on the pair’s inspired debut album.

Morgan Delt – Barbarian Kings – Syd Barrett/Electric Prunes influenced dreamy psych with a killer chorus from the mysterious Morgan Delt. The band’s six track mini album Psychic Death Hole is a hugely trippy affair.

West Coast Gnome – As Real As Real - Inspired cover of The Three O’Clock’s 80s classic As Real As Real by the paisley shirted gnome from America’s west coast. There are some great tunes on his Soundcloud page that hover somewhere between The Searchers and British 80s jangle pop.

Heaven’s Gateway Drugs – Black Lady - A key track from another album that a lot of psych fans seem very excited about. Heaven’s Gateway Drugs certainly know a thing or two about making the most of The Brian Jonestown Massacre songbook. The album, which you can hear on Spotify, is very strong and has a hint of British 80s bands Like The Stone Roses too.

The Solar System – Surveillance Cam - Chris Oliver has been making some intriguing lo-fi psych for a while now. With this new release he has a proper band in tow and has delivered his best selection of tunes so far. The title track mixes an uplifting melody with some lovely Beach Boys style harmonies and a bonkers guitar.

and finally…

Hidden Masters – Nobody Knows That We’re Here - Very fine Scottish band who may have just issued the best psych album so far this year in Of This & Other Worlds. You never know quite what will happen in a Masters song. This one has a whiff of both Dantalion’s Chariot and The Mike Stuart Span.

No embeds but you can listen to the song here.

 



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Eurovision Psych Contest – vote for the continent’s best space rockers

By Stefano on May 16th, 2013

** UPDATE
Well I think I can safely declare Spain and The Chemistry Set as winners of the inagural Eurovision Psych Contest. They finished well clear of Beaulieu Porch – flying the Union Jack – in second and The Sudden Death of Stars from France who finished third just ahead of Switzerland’s Balduin.

Thanks to everyone who voted. All the bands are great – unlike the real thing…

As you are very probably aware Eurovision hits our screens yet again this weekend and after of hours of listening to fluffy, camp pop drivel the continent’s nations then try outdo each other in some fantastic politically motivated polling.

In my book Sweden should pretty much always win. Not only because they have the best tunes, but every one loves those Swedes don’t they?

Anyway much more fun is this year’s inaugural Eurovision Psych Contest where space rockers, shoegazers and lysergic pop gymnasts from across the continent battle each other for this year’s award.

So without further ado here are the entrants for this year. I realty don’t give a fig if you vote for your own country, or even the one next to you. It is all down to you.

**Update** This is just a bit of fun and all the bands featured are excellent, so support them all. I will announce a winner on Saturday at about 10PM GMT. So you can vote until then.

Belgium - Bed Rugs – This is their new single Yawn from the excellent newly released album Rapids.

FranceThe Sudden Death Of Stars - Supernovae . Heavy on the sitar and smelly cheese from the Rennes based psychsters whose debut album soon on Ample Play is a wonderful stew of all things 60s.

GermanyRockandys - Jungle In The Sky – Scary sounding gothic Psych from the Anton Newcombe approved band. I know they don’t all come from Germany, but do you really think this woman came from Luxembourg?

The NetherlandsJacco Gardner – Chameleon – The Dutch Boy Wonder with one of many gems from his Cabinet Of Curiosities album

SpainThe Chemistry Set - Come Kiss Me Vibrate And Smile – Fine new-ish single from the Barcelona-based Anglo-Catalan band

Sweden – The Greek Theatre – Lost Out At Sea -Overprotection Doesn’t Work From the ace new album Lost Out At Sea

SwitzerlandBalduin - My Love Soon – Gorgeous Symphonic pop from the Swiss fella.

UKBeaulieu Porch – Anno Domini. The stand out track from Salisbury’s very own Mark Wirtz.

 




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