Rolling Stoner/Psych 2020

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I just posted in another old psych pop thread that I hadn't had time to keep up here for the past year because of additional burden at work, family with health, and spending a bit of extra time and effort to freshen up my site. I figured someone would have taken this over last year, sorry I couldn't do that for you all. Those who want to keep up with my non-ILM posts can sign up -- I'm currently having a drawing on Feb 15 with four winners: Spotify Premium, Bandcamp gift card, grab bag from Dr. Fester's Bucket O' Nasties, and Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee headphones. I think I can at least get this going again.

Winter Psych Rundown

Inject some swirling psychedelic colour into your grey, bleak winter with The Fast Camels, The Greek Theatre, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Green Ray, Skeleton Goode, Keys, James McArthur And The Head Gardeners, Fred Deakin (The Lasters), Magic Shoppe, The Stargazer Lillies, Ancient River, Mr. Elevator, Elephant Stone, Eyelids, Shadow Show, Tame Impala, The Sonic Dawn, and Rosalie Cunningham!

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 1 February 2020 15:52 (seven months ago) link

January Doom Charts


I didn't vote this month as I was more focused on my psych pop piece, but would have voted for Elden, Isles Of Mars, Acid Mammoth and Ryte. Still catching up with most of these. Been digging The Hypnagogics, Mount Hush, Tombstone Eyes, Fostermother, Gypsybyrd, Pastor, Cobra Thief, Big Scenic Nowhere, Goatriders, Lowrider, UUBBUURRUU.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 3 February 2020 17:09 (seven months ago) link

I'm really enjoying the new Lonker See album Hamza: jazzy psych-rock not unlike Mythic Sunship's recent output, with some dreamy vocal passages that remind me of Jessica Bailiff

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Saturday, 8 February 2020 03:46 (seven months ago) link

We Here Now – The Chikipunk Years EP (Elektrohasch/Homemade Gifts)
We Here Now are a multinational band consisting of Indrayudh Shome from Philadelphia via India, Hong Kong and Singapore, guitarist Pedro ‘Sozinho’ Salvador (from Brazilian band Necro) and drummer Panchito El Sofista of Peruvian psych band Montibus Communitas. Shome served as vocalist and guitarist in stoner doom Queen Elephantine since 2006, and is also a filmmaker. All three members contribute vocals.

Their Bandcamp site reads, “For fans of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, GOAT, Thee Oh Sees, Altin Gün, Ty Segall.” While global garage psych is a useful umbrella, there’s so much more going on. I hear some Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band (who the band nods to with the passage, "emanating fast n’ bulbous sounds"), Talking Heads & Brian Eno's experiments fusing William Burrough’s cut-up techniques, post-punk and Afrobeat in My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (1981), even Adrian Belew era King Crimson prog.

More global psych.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 10 February 2020 00:02 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Elephant Stone – Hollow (Fuzz Club) Feb 14
The first of an exciting series of major anticipated psych pop albums this year, as previewed in the Winter Psych Rundown, this Montreal band lead by sitar-wielding Rishi Dhir tackles an ambitious sci-fi dystopian concept, resulting in possibly the best of their six albums so far.

Shadow Show – Silhouettes (Burger) Feb 14
Amazing debut from Detroit garage psych trio who formed as teens. This Detroit garage psych trio of women have perked up ears starting back in 2018 with pre-album single releases of “The Machine,” “Glass Eye” and “Shadow Box.” It’s a captivating mix of 60s girl group harmonies and spindly, jangly guitars. While the rich history of Detroit garage psych is a key element, I also hear some UK post-punk along the lines of early Raincoats, Liliput and Mo-Dettes.

Lowrider – Refractions (Blues Funderal) Feb 21 – Noted as a key band in the initial wave of stoner rock that rolled through Europe like a tank in 1998-2001, I mentioned in my Stoner Rock Primer that it was a damn shame Lowrider never recorded a follow-up to their classic Ode To Io (2000). Well, 20 years later they finally did. Of course it’s much different than the early 2000s, when I thought, there should be more stoner rock. Since then there have been literally thousands of albums released in that genre. Try keeping up with every album in Doom Charts, and you’ll feel the fatigue. So while the massive glut of releases sort of dilutes my delight, they’re still a great band, and a welcome addition to the pigpile.

Aktor – Placebo (Ektro/Full Contact) Feb 24
Less a supergroup than a reunion of metal heroes in the Hall of Valhalla, Aktor is Chicago’s Chris Black (High Spirits, Dawnbringer and many more) and Finland’s Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle, Pharaoh Overlord) and Circle stickman Tomi Leppänen. Their first collaborations “I Am The Psychic Wars” (2013) and Paranoia (2015) set the template, synth-laden AOR that combines early 80s Blue Öyster Cult, Aldo Nova and Canadian tech-prog Saga with late period Hawkwind and some German kosmische. The latest sports shinier production, reflecting the combined experience of this power trio and Placebo preens like it knows it. Did the world need this? It’s super fun, so yes it did.

Helicon – This Can Only Lead To Chaos (Fuzz Club) Jan 24
This East Kilbride, UK psych noir band has three albums and seven EPs since 2010. Veering between raga rock and space rock, their new album drifts into shoegaze territory, with their signature dark, moody touch.

Lonker See – Hamza (Antena Krzyku) Feb 7
Polish band has been exploring space rock, post-rock, psych and jazz fusion since 2015. Their latest is also their jazziest and most ambitious, though I could do without the horrible tones they slapped on the end

The Third Mind – The Third Mind (Yep Roc) Feb 14
The Blasters’ Dave Alvin formed this supergroup with members of Camper Van Beethoven (Victor Krummenacher and David Immerglück), and guests Jesse Sykes and DJ Bonebrake (X) to do some extended psychedelic blues jams. CVB’s Jonathan Segal directed their videos. It’s mostly covers, including Fred Neil’s “Dolphins” as re-envisioned by Tim Buckley, Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s “East West,” Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda,” and the late Roky Erickson’s “Reverberation.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 29 February 2020 13:47 (six months ago) link

Thanks! I need to check those first two Aktor albums too!

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 1 March 2020 03:33 (six months ago) link

omfg Youtube just suggested SLIFT out of nowhere and, well


there's an album too

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 00:31 (six months ago) link

Wow uh this is fantastic! I'm tempted to buy the album from bandcamp just on the strength of that KEXP session

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 13:27 (six months ago) link

The album is absolutely incredible too. France has come to save spacerock

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 15:37 (six months ago) link

Bought the SLIFT album btw. Ppl are sleeping on this. Has the potential to be the new Psychocandy with the way it draws from/together 6 decades of rock vocabulary to such loud and cathartic ends. Except it's way better than Psychocandy, bcz in lieu of having only mere fetishes like the JAMC, SLIFT, have actual IDEAS...!

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 9 March 2020 12:20 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

this new King Buffalo record is awesome. Real mix of styles ... Second track sounds like Screaming Trees, I mean it could be a track off 'Dust'.. Other stuff has the obvious Sleep influence but that is never a bad thing. Lots of cool twin guitar parts at times (even though i think they are a 3 piece}. And one cool track that kind of jumps on this AOR resurgence a la Aktor

And Greek Theatre absolutely fucking rules

Chief Kyiv, Thursday, 26 March 2020 07:46 (five months ago) link

Slift absolutely pwns, I wish they'd sing in French tho.

coco vide (pomenitul), Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:18 (five months ago) link

Could have used a bit of trimming tbf (yes, I know you're not supposed to say this about ROCK in SPACE).

coco vide (pomenitul), Thursday, 26 March 2020 14:52 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Two albums of the week, been recommending for those looking for Bandcamp stuff to purchase during their waived revenue shares that goes until midnight Pacific time tonight.

The Sonic Dawn – Enter The Mirage & Emil – The Black Spider / Det Kollektive Selvmord (Heavy Psych)

New Sonic Dawn album just over a year after the last one, and also a solo album from leader Emile Bureau of psychedelic folk, the first half addresses personal themes in English, the second a surreal, apocalyptic scenario in Danish.

Elder – Omens: Album of the Year so far.

Elephant Tree – Habits: Omens isn’t the only heavy psych album out today. The third album from this London stoner/psych/doom crew features some creamy, low, low tones that dip into gauzy post-metal and shoegaze at times. Their lugubrious, dreamy melodies can cause braindrift, which is not such a bad thing these days.

Dead Ghosts – Automatic Changer: I thought I was aware of this garage psych band from Vancouver, but their fourth album has truly grabbed my attention, because it’s got that garage noir vibe that’s like crack to me. The recording may overdo it on the crappy lo-fi recording, as the majority of the 60s Nuggets singles sound better than this, but once your brain stops resisting the murk, easing into it like a gross mudbath, it’s all good.

Modulator II – Silvered Hearse: French garage psych punkers gleefully revel in thwacking fuzz rockers like they’d just discovered the sound. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and their debut album is a promising start on the road to writing tunes that measure up to their garagefathers in Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall.

Hexvessel – Kindred: I was surprised to see another album from Finnish psychedelic folk proggers Hexvessel just a year after All Tree. I figured vocalist Matt McNerney would have flipped over to his post-punk band Grave Pleasures (formerly Beastmilk). Instead, we have one of the best of the five Hexvessel albums.

Sei Still – Sei Still: Taking their name from a Popol Vuh record, the kosmische force is strong in this Mexico City band. They process templates old (Neu!) and contemporary (Follakzoid, Spanish new wave), roughed up in the garage and worthy of a soundtrack.

Dool – Summerland: Dutch psych noir hard rockers Dool’s debut, Here Now, There Then (2017) was promising, if heavily indebted to the mighty The Devil’s Blood. That band’s Farida Lemouchi must have appreciated their potential, as she contributes backing vocals on the new album. Ryanne van Dorst sounds more assured, the epic production assisted by Opeth’s Per Wiberg on Hammon organ. One odd moment though, is when I realized “Ode to the Future” is nearly a carbon copy of Patti Smith’s “Dancing Barefoot.” It’s pretty much the same arrangement, vocal melodies, even the spoken word part at the end, the only difference is the chorus sounds more like Ghost. That misstep aside, a solid album.

Phe – Glooming Dawn: Dutch stoner/desert psych rockers may be part of the family tree spawned by Kyuss, but their vocalist in particular evokes Danzig and The Cult. This is surprisingly not a bad thing at all. It works so well it’s surprising there weren’t bands like Phe doing this a long time ago.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 2 May 2020 02:00 (four months ago) link

I'm trying to find and buy the Slift 2LP and damn is it expensive from the U.S. hard to get under $40 including shipping. :(

alpine static, Saturday, 2 May 2020 07:24 (four months ago) link

Friends who have pressed small batches of even single LPs have lost money selling them for $30 USD so it's not surprising. Forgot this from my last week's roundup:

Witchskull – A Driftwood Cross: This Canberra, Australia band laid a solid proto-metal and occult doom foundation with their first albums The Vast Electric Dark (2015) and Coven’s Will (2018). On their second album for Rise Above, they’ve taken a big step forward in coming up with more interesting dynamic arrangements. Marcus De Pasquale’s vocal performance is also his best yet, his range expanded from fine-tuned Roger Chapman vibrato to full-throated roars. The result are some larger than life songs that are festival/stadium worthy. Let’s hope they get a chance to flex those live chops.

Doom Charts -

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 2 May 2020 15:19 (four months ago) link

god that slift video, haven't been so immediately smitten with a band before

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 2 May 2020 16:12 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

I'm not sure this is the right thread for it, but I don't wanna start a whole new one and the Rolling Metal thread is probably even less appropriate for discussing the new Horisont. But it's a really fun record, they seem to have pushed their retro rock influences further away from the bell bottoms of their first few records and embraced a sound that has lots of room for ELO and hard AOR. In a lot of hands this might be a recipe for disaster, but I think they pull it off pretty well here.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:00 (six days ago) link

Whoa, thanks to this thread for SLIFT. Been jamming that for the past day, those guys are awesome.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:26 (five days ago) link

this was the Album of the Day on Bandcamp and i think it's pretty great.

alpine static, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:12 (five days ago) link

Mentioned this in the Orani Passuzu thread - this has some sort of connection to them, regardless - it's good.

Also really enjoying this Birth of Joy side project:

BlackIronPrison, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 20:55 (five days ago) link

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