Words by artist Felix Kiessling: I am thrilled we have embedded these beautiful noise patterns into the Femme Equation music video for the song “Mantra”.
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Adrian Lewis with sitar (1970)
In the galaxy of UK private press LPs there are still some obscurities that are yet to get their time in the light. One such release is the excruciatingly rare album from Benjamin Delaney Lion, a folk duo who recorded a sole LP in July 1969.
The Byrds - Original Singles A’s & B’s 1965-1971 (Columbia, 2012)
There was a time in the 1960s when US Top 40 radio and record sales were dominated by British invasion bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stone, The Kinks and The Who. The US had a few answers, but none more potent, or competent, than The Byrds, who had a string of incredible singles and classic albums, and were able to evolve with the times, from folk rock, through psychedelic rock before finally settling into the country rock genre. While never acquiring the fame of their UK contemporaries, The Byrds certainly held their own, and for a period of time were arguably the most important American band of their time.
In the meet between 60’s revival and experimental indie-rock we find Sam Asgari - a duo consisting of brothers Sam and Rafael. With their debut album on the way via Bergen based Tik Records, we first present the single ‘Good Night’. Written and recorded in a dark basement home studio, and handled with the magic mixing mind of Underschön studios Robert Jønnum, it has turned the perfect soundtrack for your late summer evenings. This is a meeting of Baroque orchestral music, a solid electric groove and a message as old and classic as it is true - “Love is all we need to go on”.
Barclay James Harvest - Barclay James Harvest (Esoteric Recordings, 1970/2018)
Music-finders all, how do we come to our stuff today in this new century? Much of course forms the core of our collection, as if DNA-like essence from youth. Over time this becomes shaped via nostalgia, honed by new discoveries and a wish, maybe, for a fuller picture of the time and its genre. Great stuff!
Arcadian Child - Afterglow (Rogue Wave Records, 2018)
I am a huge fan of the most recent wave of psychedelic music that is happening across the globe. There are so many bands doing some amazing things with the genre, from Sun Voyager to Ruby the Hatchet to the subject of this review... Arcadian Child. They just recently released an album called Afterglow on the Ripple Music imprint called Rogue Wave Records, and it is absolutely phenomenal! These 8 songs move and sway, shifting with the feel of the extremely talented musicians playing the tunes they love.
Daniel Daniel - The Lonesome Hollow (2018)
The Lonesome Hollow comes across like the soundtrack to some pulp novel drama, and why shouldn’t it, the songs sound as if they’ve fallen from the sky, with many of the numbers coming to life as if they’ve been lifted from some half forgotten yellowed newspaper that’s been sitting on the counter in an off the beaten path diner for longer than anyone can remember.
Upcoming album Asile by The Rebels of Tijuana is probably the most soulful homage to French 60s and 70s pop you will hear this year! Over two LPs the Rebels are exploring a universe of psychedelia, folk rock, pop and Latin jazz as blue as the smoke of a Gitanes and as bright as the sun on a summer afternoon.
The Asteroid No.4 - Collide (13 O’Clock Records, 2018)
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been riding with Asteroid #4 for two decades now, with their new album Collide celebrating those mystic years when they first washed my Philadelphia nights with their hypnotic watercolored jangling guitar driven emancipations, then up and moved themselves to California, the land of warmth and sunshine, where here with a limited edition gatefold on clear vinyl they’ve delivered an enticing postcard, suggesting that they are very happy with their tall glasses of fresh orange juice and girls in summer dresses all year long.
Mouvements - Mouvements (Guerssen Records, 1976/2018 reissue)
This is the first ever reissue of a very strange and bizarre album from Switzerland. It was originally released in 1973 as a box set and sold in art galleries. Only 150 were pressed. Material was recorded by a group of jazz and avant garde musicians in 1972, including Christian Oestreicher, Jean-François Boillat, Blaise Catalá and Jerry Chardonnens.
Brooklyn post-punk group Half Human are releasing their first full-length record Positive Image through label and press Specious Arts. The LP follows their debut 7” record. On Positive Image the band moves the focus more towards vocals while still following its path of sonic and structural experimentation. While songs like “The Bell” and “Harbinger” suggest the angular and brooding sides of post-punk respectively, the band also creates complex textures using layered instruments and collaged found sounds.
Run Out Groove Records has a monthly poll which allows us to choose an album that they will then press in a limited run. For May’s vote they are throwing Luna’s Lunafied into the ring. Head over to Run Out Groove to vote to get a double LP release of some of the finest covers ever recorded!
“The neckless is the thread, the unity. Let’s say, the line, the trajectory. Unity. I am the neckless and my albums are the pearls! My god. But each pearl is different, their aspect is different. It’s not the same pearl repeated each time. What makes the beauty of a neckless is all these elements put together. My neckless is not yet completed.”
Igor Wakhevitch started his career as a brilliant classical pianist and was the pupil of the great french composer Olivier Messiaen at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse” in Paris, the most prestigious music school of France.
From the moment the beautifully crafted, perfectly toned guitar notes enter your ear drum, you may immediately be brought to a place of such legendary California bands such as Circles Around the Sun, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Beachwood Sparks and even The Grateful Dead.
One element to this track the sets the band apart is the soulful almost ancient sound vocals of frontman Nick Larson. The sound of his voice feels like it’s plucked from the Topanga Canyon era David Crosby recording sessions. “Desert Bloom II” is synced harmoniously with footage from the powerful documentary Where There Once Was Water. The footage shot by Brittany Anzel App takes you through a vivid California landscape and explores the wonders of the great state of California. We hope to hear much more in the future from this intensely talented San Luis Obispo band. Check out their album on Spotify.
Sherpa The Tiger are a brand-new band hailing from Lviv, Ukraine. With an arsenal of decrepit Soviet synthesisers, the four-piece combine a love of minimalist ambient music and the kosmische grooves that came pumping out of Eastern Europe in the 60s/70s.
There are two sides to Sherpa The Tiger, there are the dancy groove-ridden cuts that channel the funkier repetitions of CAN’s Future Days LP, held together and propelled by a jagged drumbeat that Jaki Liebezeit would surely be proud of. And then there are the more stripped-back moments, which see cosmic, ambient deconstructions that could easily have found themselves on the score of some kind of 80s crime-thriller set against the neon-lit backdrop of Miami.
King Ropes - Green Wolverine (Self-released, 2018) review
Dave Hollier left his hometown of Bozeman, Montana to move to Brooklyn, NY. His life was just starting. It was the 1980s—New York was sweaty, loud, and ferociously teeming with big dreams. It was here that the Hollier began taking influence from greats like The Pixies, Tom Petty, Kraftwerk, and Tom Waits.
Patrick Grant - A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream) (Peppergreen Media, 2017)
The NYC-based composer and performer Patrick Grant has had a long and gleaming career that continues on with his newest release, A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream). The album is a refined collection of genre-bending and experimental tracks that many critics struggle to pin down. Stumbling into post-minimalism, modern classical, prog rock, and post-rock territory, the album wears many masks. And for good reason, given Grant’s accomplished background.
The Laissez Fairs - Target On My Back (Birs Recordings, 2017)
A wonderful psychedelic mod rock band from Las Vegas, NV, The Laissez Fairs, namely John Fallon and Joe Lawless, follow up to their 2016 self-titled debut release with this ten track slab of gorgeous tunes on the Birs Recordings label. The album is comprised of nine band originals and a wonderful cover of The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “Nightbird” all performed with zest and incredible enthusiasm.
Aux Portes are a three piece Neo-Psych project from Vienna, Austria. Their sound resembles the sunny times of the psychedelic sixties in a contemporary environment. Always seeking soothing inspiration in style and sound.
Many thought there would be much to follow and progressions to be made when Serpent Power (a seven piece band that often morphed into ten during live shows) released their first album in 1967, thinking that they might fly through the same lofty clouds as The Jefferson Airplane, after all, it was the folkish Surrealistic Pillow that gave The Airplanes their wings … but alas, this and one more in 1969 (though the lineup was much different) was all there ever would be.
Previously unreleased DIY homemade psychedelia by Cymbeline from Sweden. Formed in the industrial town of Norrköping in the mid 1960s, Cymbeline (also known as Motala Ström and W&J) only released a 45 in 1971 before breaking up. During their existence, the band recorded a lot of interesting material. 40 years later, Guerssen issued their ‘lost’ material on vinyl!
Psychedelic Yoga: A Story of American Mental Health in the 1960s
By Lucas Richert & Matthew DeCloedt
This is a short article about Supple bodies, healthy minds: yoga, psychedelics and American mental health, published in Medical Humanities.
Americans were receptive to new thinking and practices in the 1960s. A human rights movement overtook the country and larger parts of the world. At the same time, all types of isms arose: ecologism, conservationism, vegetarianism, veganism. Of course, there was also holism. These ideas were of course accompanied by growing anti-war sentiments, civil and women’s rights campaigns, and widespread uncertainty about the future.
The famous psychologist Abraham Maslow, who came up with the hierarchy of needs, suggested Americans were adrift in a post-modern world: “We’re stuck now in our own culture…stuck in a silly world which makes all sorts of unnecessary problems.”
Moonweevi - Verticle Tide (Fruits De Mer Records, 2017)
This is a side project from the keyboard player of Cranium Pie. It is an LP plus CD, which features bonus materials. Only 160 copies were pressed.
The Black Sand - Into Forever (2018)
Black Sand has delivered perhaps their most contextual, evolving and softly haunting album to date, one filled with intoxicatingly delicious music that sits like jars of honey warming as the morning sun rises over a half forgotten roadside stand, where when you stumble across these evolving numbers it’s quite impossible not to hold them up to the light and dream, lost in their simple bewilderment.
Automatic City - Bongoes & Tremoloes (Stag-O-Lee Records, 2017)
One of the most unique bands of today, and one that simply defies definition, Automatic City, is a most talented lot, and prove it with the release of their first full length LP “Bongoes & Tremoloes” released on the Stag-O-Lee label in May of 2017. The thirteen track release is filled with gorgeous melodies, employing exotic instruments played with incredible talent and zest.
The Last Internationale
When the eponymous Stooges album was released, the first track on the A side was “1969,” on which Iggy Stooge (Pop) proclaimed: “Well it’s 1969 OK all across the USA/It’s another year for me and you/Another year with nothing to do,” with a snotty sense of ultimate boredom and futility at changing the status quo. By contrast, The Last Internationale--who burned the house down a few years back, in 2014, at a criminally under-attended performance at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara --want to take us back to the earth shattering year 1968. More exactly, they want to remind us that “1968” as a concept is huge! For it was the year of revolution when human rights protests sprang up globally; when the old guard was ushered out by the students in solidarity with the workers in France; the Prague Spring occurred as a rebuke to the USSR in the former Czechoslovakia; East German students demanded the removal of government officials with Nazi pasts; and students put their lives on the line for their principles against corrupt regimes in Mexico, China, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and the good ol’ USA... as well as elsewhere. And that concept of 1968 never entirely died.
Regent are excited to share not one but two new singles; ‘Lost in California’ and ‘Returning to the Sun’, the first snippets from their forthcoming album, due for release in summer 2018. The double A side will be available digitally from 11th May 2018, with a limited run of cassettes available to order via Regent’s Bandcamp.
Yachts - Suffice To Say - The Complete Yachts Collection (Cherry Red Records, 2018)
Having supported The Sex Pistols at Liverpool’s Eric’s Club, the seven-piece band Albert Dock and the Cod Warriors, shortened to Albert Dock as the entire name would not fit on the bass drum, became a five piece band rechristened The Yachts.
A brand new podcast hosted by Ross Beattie (The Night Tripper)
Brian Beattie & Daniel Johnston - Nobody Understands Me
Simply Saucer - Mole Machine
Plastic Crimewave Sound - Are You A Dragon?
Gong - Schwitless Molasses
Kawabata Makoto - Heavy Is A Dynamic
Yoo Doo Right - Nobody Panicked And Everybody Got On
Stone Circus - Inside Out Man
Sleep - Marijuanaut’s Theme
Moon Duo - Dead West
Writing On The Wall - Lucifer Corpus
Fresh Maggots - Dole Song
Blue Sandelwood Soap - That’s Cool
Pearls Before Swine - Drop Out!
The Jack Cades is a mix of a shared passion for inspirational sounds such as 1960s Garage bands, Snotty Punk from the 1970s, Sun-kissed sweaty Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, and a lot of inspirational people.
The Jack Cades were born in late 2017 when Mike (Lead Guitar, Vocals) and Elsa (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) decided to record some of their songs at Mole’s (Drums) notorious State Records Studios in Folkestone, Kent. They invited John Gibbs (The Masonics, The Wildebeests) to record bass on some of their songs at the time, which resulted in a mini debut LP “Music for Children”, which will be released May 18th on Dirty Water Records.
Temple - “Temple” (Guerssen Records, 1976/2018 reissue) review
Temple was released in 1976 on the German Pyramid label and featured Zeus B Held from Birth Control on keyboards, Otto Bretnacher on drums, Heinz Kramer on guitar, Joachim Weiss on bass, Pauline Fund on percussion and vocals, Poseidon on vocal, and Rolf Foeller on guitar.
Chatham Rise - Meadowsweet (Picture in My Ear, 2018)
Once again we find Chatham Rise breathlessly breezing into our subconscious with an ever present sense of longing and wayward wandering. This time out the band seem a bit more concerned with their vocal presentation, with the opening track “Riddle” (as with the rest) showing off this new concept, where the vocals and the instrumentation swirl and mix, ever dependent on each other in nearly hymnal fashion.
The War on Drugs - Rough Drafts (Secretly Canadian, 2014)
Released in November of 2014, Rough Drafts epitomizes all that’s wrong with the those who ‘collect’ and don’t play the music. Consisting of two differing versions of previously released material, “An Ocean In Between The Waves” mixed by Nicholas Vernhes at the Rare Boom Room in 2013, now tracking at seven minutes and twenty-two seconds, along with an alternate mix for the number “Burning,” now tracking in at six minutes and forty-one seconds, both being excellent songs gathered together as a single CD, packaged in a gatefold card sleeve, and given away when purchasing copies of the War On Drugs’ album Lost In The Dream at European Rough Trade Stores, and is now selling for upwards of $150US … hence the title Rough Drafts and its ‘rough’ wordage association with Rough Trade.