Posts tagged ‘Neo-Psychedelia’

Ghost Dance by Be Forest


Be Forest strives to be anything but boring.  The Italy based group has proven that time and time again, especially on their latest album, Earthbeat.  Ranging from tribal dream pop ballads to The XX inspired instrumentals to their near psychedelic tangents, Be Forest has no interest in maintaining one identity.  “Ghost Dance,” off of Earthbeat, seems to combine all of their elements and explorations, resulting in a primordial, mystic track that seems to have us stuck in the past while pushing us through the future and on the verge of being in a different universe altogether.  Enjoy.

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Gooey by Glass Animals


“Fresh out of an icky gooey womb.”  Only the psychedelic Glass Animals could get away with those lyrics and lay them over a neo-soul groove.  The first single off the soon to be released EP of the same name, “Gooey” is just that, a sticky, thick track that clings to your membrane long after the song fades to black.  Lyrically unlike anything else out there in the indiesphere, “Gooey” is audible dopamine, controlling our emotions and sparking our need for new sensations.  Although it’s only February, I already know “Gooey” is going to be one of my top tracks of the year.  With frontman, David Bayley, singing about “peanut butter vibes,” how could it not be?  Enjoy.

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Black Mambo by Glass Animals


If you are looking for music to make you lock the doors and hide under the covers with a flashlight,  look no further than Glass Animals.  The Oxford quartet’s take on psychedelic rock is more spiraling abyss than technicolor dreamcoat.  Their recent single, “Black Mambo,” is an ominously paced neo-soul journey with trickling electronics and the smoky, drawn out delivery of frontman and former neuroscience student, David Bayley.  Clearly, Bayley’s background is being put to good use on “Black Mambo,” which has the ability to creep into your head and mess with yo’ mind.  Enjoy.

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P.S.  If you have the urge to see Gumbi on acid, I suggest checking out their website.

Singular Focus – No Surf by Wet Years

I don’t know much about San Diego-based Wet Years, except that their song No Surf flirts with psychedelic rock thanks to the distant vocals, wavy guitars, and slowly paced drums.

According to Wet Years, “The title comes from a hidden little beach in San Diego. People love to drink, and smoke, and soak the sun there.  We wrote the lyrics about a girl who may or may not have been psychic…”  The loneliness conveyed in the lyrics of No Surf matches perfectly with the dark tones of the guitars, creating an ominous tone as the song builds up like a wave that never crashes.  She walks bored through sand and saltwater, between the rays and drags of cigarettes/Blue skies and stars all shattered over, I knew that you were stuck in the sun.

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Incan Abraham takes psychedelic rock to new levels

Why risk taking mind-altering drugs when Incan Abraham‘s music can easily replicate those effects with its psychedlic and dreamlike songs?   With its hypnotic vocals, trippy electronic-induced sounds and complex percussions, Incan Abraham may be the great hippie band of the iPad generation.

The Los Angeles based quartet has been steadily releasing EPs since 2010 displaying their signature sound which takes 60s rock influences and twists them around until they sound completely modern.  Taking a cue from bands like The Flaming Lips, Incan Abraham mesmerizes with gentle guitar riffs, speedy techno synth resonance, and Teddy Carfaro’s atmospheric vocals.  Able to slip into your subconscious with a balance of sensory overload and sensory underload, Incan Abraham translates inspired emotion into subtle yet remarkable rhythms and sounds.

Track Breakdown:

This week’s breakdown will highlight one song from each EP.

Sunscreen, off the EP with the same name, starts off quickly, with synthetic notes tripping over themselves until a relaxed guitar riff sets in as effortless vocals blanket the song with an intangible calmness.

Hors D’oeuvres, off of Adult World starts with helium-filled vocals and spacey backgrounds.  A little over a minute in, the band drastically shifts gears, with a consistent cheerful thumping synth piano, pop-oriented chorus and harmonies, and simplified lyrics which bows to their 60s influences.

In Milan, off of Ancient Vacation, relies less on soundboards and more on guitar riffs and vocals with an identifiable chorus.   In Milan showcases Incan Abraham’s ability to branch out from their niche sound and create a track that is more radio-friendly that their previously released EPs.

When and Where:

If you ever find yourself falling down the rabbit hole or lost in the middle of the desert, I’d take the time to make sure that Incan Abraham was playing.  It’s a great album ifyou want to see something in a new perspective.


Hors D’oeuvres

In Milan

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The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon

Atmospheric and distorted, Youth Lagoon’s debut, The Year of Hibernation, combines echoed vocals with the sounds of  high-pitched guitars and lightly tapped piano, creating an ambitious album tapping emotions at both ends of the spectrum.  At 22-years-old, Trevor Powers wrote this trippy, reverb-laden album alone in his bedroom and the isolation is rampant throughout this impressive first album.

Sooooorty kinda creepy pic

Trevor does not confine himself by forcing his lyrics to rhyme.  He writes down his emotions and you can envision him sitting in a dark room as the lyrics just fall down around him.  The words are symbolic of a man battling with himself.  The distorted sounds add that layer of confusion and uncertainty that most people go through at some point in their life.

Song Breakdown:

Montana sounds like a lullaby sung in a cave. The final act of the song picks up tempo and focuses more on percussion, subtly creating the possibility of triumph over the pain of emptiness.

I used to be outspoken/Doin’ anything for someone’s attention/And when that changed I guess you thought/That I was no longer mePosters, the title track to the album, begins slow, ethereal, lyrically soul-searching and about 2:20 in, a catchy guitar takes over the track and displays the talent and pop-consciousness of its youthful creator.

When & Where:

This is a nighttime album and should be heard when you need to shut the world down or if for some reason completely unknown to me, you find yourself alone in a field looking up into a star-drenched sky.  But if the latter is the case, I think you might have bigger things to worry about than which album is perfect for the moment.



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