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Dead Rabbits
Everything Is A Lie

Southampton shoegazers Dead Rabbits (that's Dead Rabbits UK, not to be confused with the metal band from Arizona) release this throwback effort, more than slightly reminiscent of Loop, Spacemen 3, etc. The band themselves describe it as "...the only honest thing you’ll hear in a world full of lies and hate." So probably worth investing in a vinyl copy then.

XAM Duo
XAM Duo

XAM Duo takes one member of Deadwall and matches him up with a Hookworm. Then the pair improvised their way down some infinite komische highways at high speed, producing shimmering electro-psych that stands comfortably apart from the ‘main’ projects of the members. CD / double LP editions on Sonic Cathedral.

Vinyl Williams
Brunei

Inspired by the Brunei dollar, Lionel 'Vinyl' Williams has created an Islam influenced pop opus to help try to spread harmony across the world. He is joined by Company boss Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) and together they have made a dream pop opus which hopes to expand on Williams previous hit and miss effort 'Into'. You can't argue though with a guy whose grandfather is John Williams and father was in Air Supply.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Third World Pyramid

Their previous album 'Revelation' was to my mind one of the finest of their career so we are all hoping that the Brian Jonestown Massacre's late renaissance continues with this their 15th studio album. Anton hasn't exactly been sat around in the meantime, there's been tours, albums with Tess Parks, the 'Mini Album Thingy Wingy' and lots more besides. When the dust settles Brian Jonestown should be rights be voted one of the best bands of this generation.  

The Cult Of Dom Keller
Goodbye To The Light

Filling the footsteps of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with their amplifier-worship, The Cult of Dom Keller only care about sounding like a huge lumbering stone giant. If ever there was a fitting title to their album, it would be Goodbye to the Light, because their sound is so massive it will block out the sun.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

CFM
Homegrown Paranoia

CFM is Charles Francis Moothart, and CFM is a fire-spitting garage-psych band project with a new 7” out now. Homegrown Paranoia’s three tracks feel like they are perpetually accelerating, but the band still holds their tunes together under the carpet of tasty fuzz that covers the sound. A blasted-up good time record on In The Red.
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  • CFM

Flying Hair
Haunted Hangout II

Flying Hair are a psyched-out three-piece who are as weird and fuzzed-out as their fellows, but with perhaps just a little more pop instinct. Haunted Hangout II is, despite the impression given by the title, their debut album, and it was previously only available in a limited run of cassettes. Now it gets a proper vinyl pressing, thanks to the Casual Acid Tea label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pond
Man It Feels Like Space Again

Man It Feels Like Space Again is a futuristic sliver of psychedelic pop from the crazy men/children of Australian band Pond. It continues on the same road laid down by previous album Hobo Rocket by delivering yet more hyperactive rock/pop tunes lathered in strange psych effects with obscure titles such as “Zond”. It’s bound to be another belter. CD or 180g LP.
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MV & EE
Root / Void

MV (Matt Valentine) and EE (Erika Elder) have been partners in life and music for a good long while now: they know themselves, each other, and their sound inside out. Root / Void strays away from the heavier psych-jams they’ve often produced, instead rocking a more pastoral form of psychedelica. Beautiful and intimate stuff. LP on Woodist.

Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus
Lumpy Gravy

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. Lumpy Gravy is Zappa’s debut solo album from 1967, released under the name Francis Vincent Zappa and utilising the talents of The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra & Chorus (some session musicians). Big time musique concréte and contemporary composition, as translated via Zappa’s playful mind.

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
We're Only In It For The Money

A brace of some of Frank Zappa’s many (many) albums are receiving heavyweight vinyl reissues from Universal. We’re Only In It For The Money is his third album with The Mothers Of Invention, and it’s got a wild blend of psych-rockin’, weirdo voice / tape experimentation, skitty bits, doo-wop and much more. Sounds pretty out there, even for 1968. 180g vinyl reissue.
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Blonde On Blonde
Rebirth

Blonde On Blonde were a Welsh psychedelic / prog band active for a couple of years from the late 60’s on. Their second album, Rebirth, has been allowed to sink into obscurity, with this being the very first time it has been officially reissued on vinyl. High energy melodic super-rock: what’s not to like? Reissued by Vinilisssimo.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sex Swing
Sex Swing

More kraut racket for your worn out ears but this time with legs. This collective contain members of Part Chimp, Mugstar, Dethscalator and Earth and this is a brazen and rackety take on the Suicide/Silver Apples blueprint with squawking sax added for extra discordance and gruesome churning vocals that recall Gallon Drunk. You are going to hate it....or it could just be your favourite record of the year. Hold tight!  

The Wharves
Electa

The Wharves come from loads of different places and combine a kind of fuzzed out folk and minimal psych which is comparable to both of Kim Deal's post Pixies projects (the Breeders and the Amps) as well as Sleater Kinney. They mix three part harmonies and elements of progressive 70s folk with their lo-fi song craft for a bold and entertaining third album.    

Dungen
Häxan

Dungen’s album Häxan (their first entirely instrumental record) began as a score to the 1926 film The Adventures Of Prince Achmed, but ended up wandering off course into more abstract and witchy territory. The results are lush and super evocative. Bonus fact: the whole album was put together using only analogue tape! Released by Scandinavian sound stronghold Smalltown Supersound.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ashtray Navigations
To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First

Leeds’ very own genuinely-psychedelic noise explorers Ashtray Navigations are releasing their latest statement on the Blackest Ever Black label, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone industrial techno. No, To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First is full-bore AshNav, moving through strange organic piano, searing guitar fury, and much more squishy territory in between.

Chocolat
Rencontrer Looloo

Chocolat describe their new album as a coming together of “hard jazz and surf metal”, which puts them into pretty rare territory. Rencontrer Looloo, recorded after some time away, finds Chocolat merrily doing their own thing with gnarly guitars and proggish rhythms. It's released by the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label.

Major Stars
Motion Set

Having been active since the last century, veterans Major Stars prepare to release yet another rough' n 'ready slice of psychedelic-rock. As the ninth offering from the Massachusetts-incepted outfit, Motion Set recognises its predeceasing catalogue whilst still exploring new ideas and stretching into unfounded spaces.

Aidan Baker & Tomas Järmyr
Werl

Ex-Nadja heavy droner Aidan Baker and explorative drummer Tomas Järmyr whipped up some sonic rituals in the studio recently, and the results stretch across two CDs here. Werl is real expansive, the two musicians dancing around one another in passages that alternate between droning free sound and locked-in rhythmic attack. Double CD on Consouling Sounds.

The Mystery Lights
The Mystery Lights

The Mystery Lights see themselves at the vanguard of the New York City music scene, bucking the apparent trend of “no good NYC bands”. They buck this trend with high energy guitar rock-and-or-roll, tight and fast and a wee built soulful when they want to be. Their self-titled debut full-length is out on WICK Records.

Cluster
Kollektion 06 :1971-1981 Compiled By John McEntire

John McEntire of Tortoise and The Sea And Cake was given free reign to compile his choicest Cluster cuts from the years 1971-1981, and what cuts they are. The magical komische sound of Cluster floats lighter than air, but these electronic spirituals seep deep into the mind of the listener. Kollektion 06 is released by Bureau B.

Icarus Peel
Forget-Me-Not Under Pussy Willow

Icarus Peel is the leader of The Honey Pots, but he has a busy little sideline in solo albums, of which Forget-Me-Not Under Pussy Willow is the fourth. It sounds as old-tyme English as the sleeve art looks, with an eccentric darkness that feels like a twingle in Peel’s eye. 180g vinyl LP release on the Mega Dodo label, limited to 250 copies only.
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Mass Datura
Feel Me Human

Mass Datura hereby reveal their first ever physical release, the single Feel Me Human (with previous digital-only single Dream Thief installed on the B-side). Tuneful indie songcraft with the unexpected presence of pedal steel and Mellotron in the mix as well. 7” released by All Types Of Slime Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Votaries
Psychometry

Votaries sound like a band who fell into a space-drugs wormhole so deep that they’ve emerged with a permanent layer of early-90’s shoegaze-haze draped around every sound they make. On Psychometry they make this work massively to their advantage, with big thick drone-rock tunes to lose oneself in. Released by Wharf Cat Records.

Pussy
Pussy Plays

A deeply rare psych-pop obscurity from 1969, barely ever available to begin with and only sort-of reissued in 2009 by Record Collector magazine. But now, one can actually straightforwardly buy Pussy Plays, the only full-length record ever produced by Pussy. Contains everything that you love about the 60’s. Cream coloured vinyl release on Secret Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

TOY
Clear Shot

They are a strange lot Toy, they never completely blow you away but they are very pleasant to listen to. This is their third album and they recorded it themselves then sent it over to the states for a bit of gloss. It carries on the moody krauty template from previous albums and lead track 'Fast Silver' has some rather moody atmospheres which certainly bode well.   

Silver Apples
Beacon

The 1997 return of the legendary oscillation-innovators Silver Apples is reissued onto vinyl for the first time ever. Beacon still has the wide-eyed sense of explorative magic that Silver Apples first announced themselves with, even if the rest of music had finally caught up with them by this point. CD / LP reissues on Chicken Coop.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 4

The Reverb Conspiracy Volume 4 is a powerful round-up of the vividly flourishing European psych scene, put together by the Fuzz Club label, who certainly know what they’re doing. Twelve tracks, from artists including Soft Walls, The Oscillation, My Invisible Friend and Pretty Lightning, spread over two CDs or two LPs, allowing for some fully-reclined jams. On Fuzz Club.

The Lucid Dream
Compulsion Songs

One of those rare outfits producing music from the depths of the Cumbria, The Lucid Dream are up to their third full-length album. Compulsion Songs has a little of the weirdness you’d expect from such isolation, freely mixing krautrock, dub, garage-noise and plenty more. I was occasionally reminded of Clinic, which is always a good thing. Out on Holy Are You Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Feral Ohms
Live in San Francisco

Live In San Francisco is the live debut LP from Oakland band Feral Ohms. Sparks fly here as the Californian trio present their brand of raw, animalistic psychedelia in an explosive live setting. Expect rapid tempos, thunderous drums, bellowing vocals and virtuosic riffs. Released as Vinyl LP on the Castle Face label.

My Invisible Friend
My Invisible Friend EP

Glorious! There’s driving noisy rock, hi-fidelity pop joy, speedy krautrock rhythms, and moment of discordant spaciness. Italian trio My Invisible Friend push all this together into long expansive tracks that push the 18 minute mark and fuse the walls of sound of My Bloody Valentine with the pace of Neu!.

The Silence
Nine Suns, One Morning

Amounting to the third album of Tokyo-based outfit The Silence is Nice Suns, One Morning. As it shifts across an array of styles and variations of modern rock, the offering prioritises free-flowing improvisation over the cull of safe and easy songwriting - amounting to a highly creative record without restraint.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Embryo
It Do

Christian Burchard has led the ever-changing Dadaist jazz-rock collective Embryo for the best part of fifty years. He has brought his multi-instrumentalist daughter, Marja, on board for his latest venture. It Do gets its name by reversing the phrase ‘Do It’ which was used as a slogan in the sixties by hipster types. The band hail from Munich but have travelled far and wide picking up influences and musicians along the way. In 1970, Embryo played at the Fehmarn open air festival immediately after Jimi Hendrix had left the stage following his last ever live performance.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Axis: Sova
Motor Earth

Axis:Sova is a project that loves to skulk around in the fuzz and haze of lo-fi production, with gloriously textured results. New release Motor Earth expands outwards into more of a proper band than a bedroom solo project, but that doesn’t mean the sound has straightened itself up: hell no, they’ve stayed gnarly. LP and cassette editions on the God? label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Glitter Wizard
Hollow Earth Tour

We don’t get enough glam rock coming around these days, so we ought to be grateful for the appearance of Glitter Wizard, who play riff-heavy psychedelic hard rock with a strut in its step. Hollow Earth Tour is their latest explosive missive, and is released as a CD, a black vinyl LP, and if you hurry, a special limited red vinyl LP. On Heavy Psych Sounds.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Silver Apples
Decatur

Silver Apples‘ fifth album The Decatur, which was released in 1998, dispensed with individual tracks and just dived straight into a single-track, 40-minute-plus cosmic odyssey that gets into some pretty weird and wild places. This reissue marks the first time it has ever been pressed to vinyl, with both regular black or white-and-green splatter wax editions available.
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  • MCA
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The Orange Drop
Stoned In Love

As a heady, melting blend of neo-psych and garage-rock drunk on reverb, The Orange Drop transports listeners back to the summer of love in this edition. Stoned In Love, its 180 gram vinyl limited to only 250 copies worldwide, is the luscious produce of a Philadelphian outfit not nearly at their peak.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Astral Son
Mind's Eye

Near regressive psych from Astral Son, a solo project by Dutch artist Leonardo. Sticking firmly to early Gong and the full blown 70s psych sound roots, no fancy schmancy new age production or instrumentation here, just a goooood and looooong trip. A purist’s delight. CD released on Sulatron Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sherpa
Tanzlinde

Sherpa are an Italian band who manage to be a damn sight more genuinely ‘psychedelic’ than a lot of bands who use the term. That’s probably because they don’t just lean hard on the fuzz pedals: they have eerily soft passages and touches of traditional Eastern musics as well, all impressively combined. Debut album Tanzlinde is out on Sulatron.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mark McGuire
Beyond Belief

Former Emeralds guitar supremo Mark McGuire stretches out his range here on Beyond Belief, throwing in wild synth and drum machine patterns, piano, and even vocals as well as his guitar. This is a major piece of work, an all-consuming epic that stretches near to 80 minutes. The vinyl is limited to independent stores and pressed to lovely orange swirl wax.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DOC109LP-C1)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
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Syrinx
Tumbles from The Vault

Syrinx were an experimental Canadian ensemble who worked in tape manipulation, synthesis and DIY electronics into melodic pseudo-chamber music, successfully coming up with a strange hybrid sound that still sounds unusual. Tumbles From The Vault presents everything they ever recorded, including some never-before-released stuff, on 2 CDs or 3 LPs (plus an RVNG Intl. label sampler!).
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Antonio Carlos & Jocafi
Mudei De Ideia

The debut album of Antonio Carlos and Jocafi, who managed great success with their psychedelic take on samba and funk music in Brazil in the 70’s. Mudei De Ideia was initially released in 1971 and is reissued now by Mr Bongo, packaged in the psych-haze variation on the sleeve art (much nicer than the more straight-laced variation).

The Wytches
All Your Happy Life

Second album from The Wytches, the darkly psychedelic English rock and roll band. All Your Happy Life manages to sound groovy and guitar-gnarly even while the band seem lashed with despair. All Your Happy Life was recorded and mixed by a Grinderman (in the form of Jim Sclavunos, also a Bad Seed), so it has that dark rock power nailed down. Out on Heavenly.

Syd Arthur
Apricity

Canterbury lads Syd Arthur have been making their interesting post-psychedelic-come-Jazz with an indie accessibility since 2003. Their latest offering Apricity is more accessible than ever, verging on the edge of downright cheeky i’d say. Proggy but with a catchy vocal hook that you’ll be singing for the rest of the day.
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Six By Seven
Six.By Seven

So here comes a new record by Six By Seven who have been around for a long time. Longer in fact than most people have been alive. Looks like the band have gone back to basics and recorded without any plug ins or computers in order to try to work in a similar manner to their heroes Neu or Can. If they even achieve half those results this could be an English kraut album worth picking up.  

Kuro
Kuro

Kuro are a duo made up of Lyon-based Agathe Max, and Bristol-based Gareth Turner. Both of whom have more than enough extensive musical knowledge to create the progressive and intuitive record also called Kuro- a dark and deep mix of ambient and psychedelic sounds. This record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Bruce Haak
The Electric Lucifer

A rare slab of 1970 electronics by Bruce Haak. The Electric Lucifer is heavily-laden with dramatic organ and even more dramatic vocals, plus some cutting-edge Moog synths and electronically-tweaked wildness. This has been unavailable for years, but is now reissued in a limited edition of 1000 copies by Telephone Explosion.

Various
Plankton - A Fruits de Mer Collection

A collection of tracks from experimental psych labels Fruits de Mer’s first 12 or so releases, all remastered and put on one CD. Covers of works by Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, and The Bee Gees, by the likes of Vibravoid, Hausfrauen Experiment, and Sidewalk Society. Plus an exclusive live track from The Pretty Things.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Lucid Dream
The Lucid Dream

The Lucid Dream? Must be a psychedelic band right? Correct. A psych band delivering their second LP, the self-titled, The Lucid Dream. Truly a band of the new psychedelic drive we find ourselves in, the group edge closer to the kraut inspired bands of TOY or the heavy-rockers of Bo Ningen on this LP, a swirling mess of guitar and vocals punctuated by some heavy-hitting, Can inspired drumming. The LP is half aqua marine and half green wax and limited to a pressing of 750.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Silver Apples
Clinging To A Dream

Who would have thought that in 2016 we'd be seeing a new Silver Apples album and that it would be produced by Graham Sutton (Bark Psychosis etc). But this is the information we have been presented with so we must go with that. Silver Apples surviving member Simeon Coxe (now 97) has recorded all this at his place in Alabama and it has been scrubbed by Sutton in London. I'm not sure what we can expect at this late stage. Their two '60s albums were truly groundbreaking and seem to sound more modern the more today's hip young things are influenced by them.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Trad, Gras och Stenar
Trad, Gras och Stenar

Anthology Recordings reissue material from the definitive lost Swedish prog rock band, Trad, Gras och Stenar. Six vinyl LPs or three CDs of fuzzed out jams and psychedelic rock from the golden-age. This set focuses on the band’s ferocious live performances, but also includes albums from 1971 and 72 at the peak of the bands counterculture freak-out. It also looks phenomenal.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Grumbling Fur
FurFour

We’re big fans of Grumbling Fur here at Norman, have been since the debut LP, Furrier, hit the shelves in 2011 and was followed by the increasingly good Glynnaestra and Preternaturals. Furfour is the latest to the collection and sees the duo continuing their forays into psychedelic synth pop. As ever there’s a simplicity to the songs buried underneath the layers of bulbous synth and catchy pop riffs. It’s infectious and fun. For fans of Moondog, Arthur Russell and Eno.     

Rhyton
Redshift

With members of Pigeons, Stygian Stride and, most notably of all, No Neck Blues Band, we can be fairly confident that Rhyton will show us a real cool time. Redshift features these talented instrumentalists weaving around each other in free-mind improvisations, using Greek and Middle Eastern scales as well as whatever American touches they feel like. Grounded psychedelia on Thrill Jockey.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ebbot & The Indigo Children
For The Ages To Come

Ebbot Lundberg, seen here peering out from inside a tree, used to run The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, but has since moved onto TV acting and solo work. On For The Ages To Come he has formed a backing band of young guns (the Indigo Children) to help realise his psychedelic pop visions, which are bold and bright and have the feel of immediate classics. Out on Haldern Pop.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
Deep Dive Dub

Dub isn’t a genre known for it’s progressive or experimental leanings, but then again Switzerland isn’t really known for it’s contribution to dub. Put together elements of dub, trance like electronics and an edge of theatrics and you get Dub Spencer & Trance Hill. They made a William Burroughs dub album for god’s sake.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Balance

Guadalajaran kraut/psyche-rock duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete manage to blow some of the cobwebs away, re-energise and bring grit back to the genre with Balance, literally. La Distinción sonically paints a world where Tarantino directed Austin Powers with big band psychedelic groove meeting mexican stand-off like tension.

Kandodo / McBain
Lost Chants / Last Chance

Fans of the Heads should move quickly for this album of pummelling kraut rock and psych which features one member of US stoner rockers Monster Magnet and no fewer than three members of the Heads. Full of riffs and drones that have been wafted back and forth across the atlantic ocean this is sure to vomit out of our warehouse so be quick especially if you want the white vinyl edition. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jimi Hendrix
Machine Gun: The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 (First Show)

This particular performance at The Fillmore East 12/31/1969 has never previously been fully released, even though it is a rare document of Jimi Hendrix’s Band Of Gypsys. Needless to say, the playing is top of the line from Hendrix and co., and the recording quality, newly mixed by Hendrix’s long-term recording engineer Eddie Kramer, is high-grade. CD / 2LP on Sony.

Mind Monogram
AM In The PM

After a long gestation period in which Mind Monogram grew from Edgar A. Ruiz’s solo project to a full band with a couple of EPs behind them, the time has finally come for the debut, full-length album of the group. AM In The PM is a strong set of punchy psychy indie, released by the Aagoo label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Drakkar Nowhere
Drakkar Nowhere

Bringing together members of Phenomenal Handclap Band, Favored Nations, and Dungen by means of an impromptu kitchen jam session Drakkar Nowhere produce proggy and jazzy tinged soul tracks straight from a psychedelic past. Space organs and lazy walking bass lines, timeless pieces where the journey is the destination.

Vibravoid
Wake Up Before You Die

Düsseldorf-ians Vibravoid shake up the modern kraut/psych world a bit by injecting 3- 4 minute pop song sensibility and energy. With sitars and mellotrons galore Wake Up Before You Die brings the sunshine, and The Beatles back. Head on back to 1967 and the summer of love, what is all this white stuff on my sleeve? CD features four bonus live tracks.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Exploded View
Exploded View

Exploded View is the latest project of Anika, the haunted-voiced German artiste. The group is the result of a trip to Mexico, where Anika played shows with a lineup of Mexican musicians who turned out to be great creative partners: they improvised each of these dubby post-punk cuts live in one take only! Debut album on Sacred Bones.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Cool Ghouls
Animal Races

Normally I pull out a twenty-sided die before I talk about awesome undead creatures, but San Francisco-based Cool Ghouls are the exception. Their mix between grungy garage and upbeat surf-rock is a catchy cocktails which will appeal to your refined West-Coast pop-rock tastes, especially on the expertly fine-tuned Animal Races, which is released on sweet 180 gram vinyl.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Luck of Eden Hall
The End Of The Lane

The Luck Of Eden Hall have been flying solidly below the radar of Chicago’s rock scene for two and a half decades now, delighting those in the know with the kind of warm psychedelia we hear on new single The End Of The Lane. The song was inspired by a Neil Gaiman book, and the author kindly contributed a drawing to be used as cover art. A tightly-limited edition of 150 7” copies, released by Mega Dodo.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

Morgan Delt follows up his terrific eponymous debut, which was no. 7 in Norman’s Top 50 albums of 2014, with Phase Zero. Delt has now signed with legendary Seattle label Sub Pop but he hasn’t let the Pacific North-West influence dampen his sunny, lo-fi Californian psychedelic rock vision.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Wands
Faces EP

Here come Swedish psych guys the Wands with a 10" on 10" loving label Fuzz Club. Nothing can prepare you for how much the vocals sound like Suede but they match Brett Anderson's whinny with big dark psych rock that reminds us of the Doors. So cosmic that they even have that word in a song title. Swirling atmospheric psych with big solos.   
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
It Just Is

The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are reissuing a number of key Frond releases, including It Just Is, which is actually a Saloman solo release: he plays every single instrument here. CD / 2LP reissue.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Sprawl

The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are now reissuing a number of key Frond releases. Sprawl is one of the group’s most psychy outings, with some lengthy tracks and a David Tibet guest vocal. Lots of rare material is included on the bonus CD!
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Superseeder

The Bevis Frond are the indie rock outfit led by Nick Saloman, who have been working away at the edges of the British music scene for decades now. The Fire label are now reissuing a number of key Frond releases to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the group. 1995’s Superseeder has a fair bit of garage-rock and even quasi-Indian sounds as well as the indie. CD / 2LP reissue.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Fontän
Polar Star EP

Fontan are a neo-psych band from Sweden. On Polar Star EP they begin in the vein of Barrett-era Pink Floyd before taking us on a journey through Philip Glass-style polyrhythms, assured guitar work, breakbeat disco and haunting harmonies and organ. Elsewhere the EP is has melancholy with global influence from California to Bhutan and life-affirming sounds fused in outer-space. The EP respectfully takes its influences and breaks new ground with them.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ghost Wave
Radio Norfolk

They’ve called their album Radio Norfolk, but Ghost Wave are from New Zealand: so much so that they are releasing on legendary Kiwi imprint Flying Nun! Turns out they love the psychedelic sound Britain produced in the 1960’s, and have melded that with a few other choice influences to make this heady, jangling sound. A neat second album, mastered by Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Gonjasufi
Callus

The new Gonjasufi LP is pretty bleak and heavy: the sleeve art makes it look like a black metal record, and the tone of Callus isn’t far off that, even if it is expressed through totally different sounds. Gonjasufi’s voice sounds pained and angry, and the whole texture of Callus sounds digitally sound-blasted. In other words, it is extremely effective at broadcasting a powerful atmosphere. Out on Warp.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

SPR!
Mental Health

Albert Sjöstam and Christoffer Fransson are a duo based in Gothenburg who call themselves SPR, which is an abbreviation of Skills for Psychological Recovery, which is sort of a type of therapy or something. So it would make sense that this record is called Mental Health then. Psychotic episode inducing limited white vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Shifting Sands
Cosmic Radio Station

Things are still popping in Dunedin, New Zealand: the latest group to follow the example set by The Verlaines and the like are Shifting Sands, who play an indie-rock that is at once beautifully pop and buried under a layer of fuzz. Cosmic Radio Station is produced in such a way that the instruments slide together into one gorgeous haze: lovely.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
Electri_city 2

If you ever feel you’ve had enough of your Kraftwerk albums (as if..), for the the time being anyway, Gronland have put together this excellent compilation showcasing the Dusseldorf electronic scene from the 70s and 80s. Featuring tracks from neu!, wolfgang flür, daf, wolfgang riechmann, and so many more. Crucial.

Salem's Pot
Watch Me Kill You

Watch Me Kill You is an LP for which demand far outstripped supply: it’s been impossible to get hold of for quite some time. Fortunately, the Riding Easy label has now relented, opening up access to this astonishingly heavy material once more. 2 side-long jams, wreathed in weed smoke and amp vibrations. Orange and purple splatter vinyl.

Sonic Jesus
Sonic Jesus EP

Indies only coloured vinyl re-issue EP from Italy's psychedelic noisemeisters Sonic Jesus. Originally released in 2010, it sold out almost instantly. Heavy, droney, shoe-gazey psych rock at its finest. Debut album 'Neither Virtue nor Anger' got some great critical attention and this is just as loud. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Camera
Phantom Of Liberty

If you are a fan of the 70s kraut thump of the likes of Neu and early Kraftwerk then Camera could well be the band for you. These Germans (natch) have a propulsive drummer in the shape of the aptly named Michael Drummer and add in lots of bleeps and bloops and fizzing early computer sounds. They have a manic energy too that suggests they could be well suited to soundtracking some terrifying pursuit video game.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Octopus Syng
Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt

Octopus Syng are a band deeply in love with all the different kinds of psychedelic music, from the heavy distorted stuff to the acid-on-a-summer-afternoon acoustic stuff. It all comes together on new album Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt, a strangely-surreal set of darkly groovy tunes. CD and blue vinyl editions, on Mega Dodo.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

RMFTM
Subversive II: Splendor Of The Wicked

Part 2 in a promised trilogy of albums from Radar Men From The Moon (or RMFTM if you are in a hurry). Subversive II: Splendor Of The Wicked starts off with a steady droning, but soon surprises with a big groovy motorik-party beat. And from there, we’re off into a psychedelic melange of heavy proportions: once the momentum is up, this album rides and rides. On Fuzz Club.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mark Stoermer
Dark Arts

Mark Stoermer will mostly be known for his bass playing in indie-synth-pop band The Killers. But Dark Arts is a follow up from his 2011 solo debut. Having always been a vocal lover of Pink Floyd and The Beatles, Stoermer has delved into that psychedelic experimentation, and approached songs as individual pieces to great effect for this cinematic record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Tamam Shud
Evolution

The original 60’s-70’s Taman Shud band were at least as much surfers as they were musicians: Evolution was recorded as the soundtrack to the surfing film of the same name. Apparently they projected the movie in the studio and then jammed along to it: the resulting funky hard-garage rock is full of life and joy and good times. This reissue on Anthology Recordings includes a 16 page booklet.

Various
WIZZZ French psychorama 1966-1970 Volume 1

Born Bad Records (Hunx And His Punx, The Magnetix) have the pleasure of reissuing this 2001 compilation. Originally put out as a joint venture between Delabel, Michalon Vibrations and Musiques Hybrides, Wizzz! (Psychorama Français 66-71) has been referred to as a sort of Gallic answer to Nuggets. Any of you out there partial to a bit chansons or ye-ye should give Wizzz! a go.

Sidewalk Society
The Action / Bowie covers

Sidewalk Society love to play covers, and they especially love to play cover songs drawn from the absurdly fruitful time and place of the UK in the 60’s and early 70’s. This 7” does indeed include covers of The Action and David Bowie (two by each), performed in such a way that the music really does sound like it's pouring out of a vintage Abbey Road studio session. Coloured vinyl 7” on Fruits de Mer.
  • Vinyl 7" (crustacean 73)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The Fruits de Mer Records Guide to The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

The Fruits de Mer Records label pays curious tribute to the Douglas Adams TV series The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy with 3 different takes on the main theme. Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, Astralasia and Icarus Peel all work their magic on the 7”, which comes packaged with a CDs-worth of remixes and bonus material (including an extra version by Quantum Surf Rocket Garage Dolls).
  • Vinyl 7" (crustacean 74)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pink Floyd
The Early Years 1965 - 1972

Pink Floyd were never ones to do anything by halves and in typical fashion they seem to have come up with the most preposterous bpx set of all time. This 27 disc box set includes all manner of items but only one disc represents the Syd Barrett era  -the rest concentrates on those 'difficult' post Barrett years before they settled on their signature sound. Still, with DVDs full of rare footage and 7" replicas of early singles this will appeal to the Floyd obsessive. A much cheaper 2CD set is also available and if 'Scream Thy Last Scream' isn't here in it's Syd Barrett glory I indeed will scream.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Magic Trick
Other Man's Blues

Singer songwriter Tim Cohen lives on a ranch with horses but when he gets away from all that he plays remarkably grand sounding pop noir with pals from Aislers Set and Beach House. Sounding on first play not unlike Gene Clark's 'No Other' this opus could appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Ennio Morricone and Nick Cave. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
Galactic Zoo Dossier #10

What a lovely thing: the 10th edition of the Galactic Zoo Dossier zine! Hand-illustrated artwork makes every page beautiful, and you’ll learn a lot from 16 interviews with cool people like Michael Chapman, Arthur Brown and Shirley Collins! The zine also comes with trading cards (wow!) and a cassette tape mixtape! Circulated via Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Boogarins
Manual

Boogarins are a psychedelic pop / rock group from Brazil who sing mostly in Portuguese. Manual is their second full-length record, and its eleven tracks feel at once grounded (by a rhythm section who propel everything forward) and about to drift away (elevated by the airy vocals and guitars). Released by the Other Music label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Captain Beefheart
Live at Knebworth 1975

Although Beefheart was in something of a creative slump mid '70s, he returned to Knebworth each year to perform his avant boogie blues. Here he seems to stick to a tried and tested setlist of freakout favourites which must have delighted any hippies still hanging on as well as proto new wavers waiting for punk to come along. Comes on orange wax and is a re-press of the RSD16 item thus banging another nail into the coffin of Record Store Day. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

White Hills / RMFTM
Split Single No. 8

A very limited vinyl 10” split from the Fuzz Club label. Split Single No. 8 sees RMFTM contributing a psychedelic piece of industrial-drone full of colossal guitars and hazy textures, whilst White Hills give us a stoner epic of blues riffs and dizzying feedback. This is modern avant-rock at its finest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel

Chris Robinson Brotherhood is exactly the kind of name that an old-school classic California rock band should have. The Brotherhood recorded Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel near the Pacific ocean, and a loose and easy feel permeates these semi-improvised tracks. Laid-back-groovy and a little bit psychedelic. Out on Silver Arrow.

Hedvig Mollestad Trio
Black Stabat Mater

Hedvig Mollestad is properly trained in jazz music, but when working with her Trio, she pushes into darkly funky territory that is more influenced by heavy psychedelic rock. It’s a place that her gnarly guitar chops sit very comfortably, and on new studio album Black Stabat Mater, her sound is outright flaring. On Rune Grammofon.

Salem's Pot
Pronounce This!

You can’t really see the faces of Salem’s Pot under their masks on that sleeve art, but they can see you… It's the perfect image for this Swedish gang of splatter-horror movie obsessives: a spooky threat but with a rich undertow of campy fun. That vibe flows through the hard-acid-rock of Pronouce This!, a funtime throwback to heavy guitar times of old. On RidingEasy.

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