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Causa Sui
Pewt'r sessions 1-2

Here I have in my robot hand a CD collection of both of Causa Sui's excellent 'Pewt'r Sessions'. Rather than review the whole thing again, you can read Li'l Biz and Brian's 9 star reviews of the individual albums below.......   Pewt'r Sessions 1  by Li'l Biz   Ron Schneiderman of m...view item »

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
Uzu

Here's a strange and ambitious album of futuristic prog rock from the awkwardly-monikered Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (a name combining their twin passions of Eastern theatre and stoner rock), who centre around the talents of Toronto/Montreal-based Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, who quite charmingly call this mixture of their Eastern heritage an...view item »

Various
Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975)

Psych-Funk 101 (1968-1975) is the debut release from World Psychedelic Funk Classics and presents itself as 'a global psychedelic funk curriculum', complete with a 'course description' and 'supplemental listening' in its copious notes (found either on the handsome gatefold sleeve of the vinyl or the 36-page booklet of the CD). The title may...view item »

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Revelation

Led by the infamous Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre recorded their 14th album, Revelation in Newcombe’s Berlin studio over 18 months between 2012 and 2014. Eastern influences had started to make their way into the band’s psychedelic groove. The band are a swirling collective helmed by Newcom...view item »

Teeth of The Sea
Master

Teeth of the Sea are back with album number three, ‘Master’, as they further refine their spaghetti western space rock into new cosmic forms, with lots of krautrock repetition and lashings of synths which bring to mind the likes of Eat Lights Become Lig...view item »

La Hell Gang
Thru Me Again

With a name like LA Hell Gang you might expect this to be ferocious riff-laden testosterock but actually 'Thru Me Again' is a slow drifting biker psych excursion full of slow, hazy grooves to soundtrack your smoky summer. Mr post-it's been at it again, saying "Rocket from the Tombs played too slowly"...view item »

Kreidler
ABC

Dusseldorf based post-rock pioneers Kreidler are now in their twentieth year on planet music, along with bands like Tortoise and Do Make Say Think melding the sounds of Krautrock, prog rock and electronica to create a whole new genre, Many copyists have followed since then bu...view item »

Verma
Sunrunner

Verma return this week with an LP on Trouble In Mind, who’ve been putting out a lot of good records lately. I’ve encountered this lot before on a 7” they did for HoZac but this is my first chance to get properly involved with their churning, volatile kraut-psych. The formula is fairly simple, singer Whitney Johnson soar...view item »

Fu Manchu
Gigantoid

Stoner rock mainstays Fu Manchu are approaching their quarter-century anniversary, but they've still got some new riffs in them. 'Gigantoid' is their latest full-length, continuing their fuzzy, pummelling legacy of neanderthal repetitive desert-rock riffing, scorched-earth guitar solos and monotone drawled vocals....view item »

Various
Kollektion 01: Sky Records Compiled By Tim Gane

Hamburg's fine electronic label, known as Bureau B, wants to introduce itself. So begins the 'Kollektion' compilation series, which attempts to look at all the different genres and aesthetics the label has mastered. 'Kollektion 01: Sky Records' offers up many different types of loopy electronic sounds, as compiled by ex-Stereolab member Tim Gane...view item »

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Zim Zam Zim

Entering the kaleidoscopic state with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. Zim Zam Zim is the latest odyssey from the archaic acid warriors. Full of tripped out horn harmonies, Brown's idiosyncratic vocal delivery and all the neo-psychedelic vibes you would expect. Think Zappa, Beefheart and the rest. Out on vinyl...view item »

Monster Killed By Laser
Tender Crawler EP

‘Tender Crawler’ is the latest release from progressive Leeds quarter Monster Killed By Laser. Released on cassette, the tape features four ambitious instrumental movements built around deft, cocksure fret work and synths. The intention was to squeeze as much as possible into every minute, the results being something akin to a dizzyi...view item »

White Hills
Glitter Glamour Atrocity

Now re released on vinyl and CD! Woo! If you're in the mood for some spaced out stoner rock ala Hawkwind then check the White Hills CD 'Glitter Glammer Atrocity'. I can see the colour wheels and girls with boobies on the stage right now. It's all terribly exciting I must say. Speaking of boobies there's a great cartoon of a deformed monk...view item »

Martyr Privates
Martyr Privates

Doing their bit to keep the vibrant Aussie rock 'n' roll scene alive, Martyr Privates present their self-titled new record, a collection of heavy rock tunes with indie and psych rock influences to their side. Martyr Privates have taken a bit of the recent garage rock obsession in their stride, but they cast a long list of inspirations, from Moon...view item »

Cheval Sombre
Madder Love EP

Cheval Sombre goes from mad on 'Mad Love', his psych rock record from two years back, to madder on 'Madder Love', an EP of totally different but hopefully recognisable remixes from that record. The song lifted is "Couldn't Do", the sustained folk ballad central to 'Mad Love'; it gets three reworks, courtesy of Justin Robertson, The Time And Spac...view item »

49th Parallel
49th Parallel

Who good has ever come out of Canada? Bryan Adams? Hmm. Bachmann Turner Overdrive? Nah...Rush..you’re getting there. Neil Young? Ok fair enough. When I visited Canada I found it to be a bit like America in black and white. I have no beef with the place but  particularly in the psychedelic rock era most of the good stuff comes out of A...view item »

My Brother The Wind
Live at Roadburn 2013

Psych disciples extraordinaire, with a prog-rock name to make Gentle Giant red with envy, it's My Brother The Wind! 'Live at Roadburn 2013' captures a performance that comes off the heels of their last record, 'I Wash My Soul in the Stream of Infinity', a slab of impromptu rock that ...view item »

Dream Boat
The Rose Explodes

'The Rose Explodes' is the second record from brooding super-group Dream Boat, made out of Elephant 6 legend Dan Donahue, who has been a wordsmith for Of Montreal and Elf Power in his time, and singer-songwriter Page Campbell, who offers up her fractured, crackling vocals. A bunch of their like-minded friends, from both Elephant 6 fame and Hope ...view item »

Grumbling Fur
Preternaturals

I've got the new Grumbling Fur at the top of my review bucket this morning. "Gonna be huge", enthuses Phil. "Kinda Depeche Mode", says a somewhat more objective post-it note stuck to the promo. Both opinions are probably correct, but somewhat reductive. This lot are of course a sophisti-pop super...view item »

Krakatau
Water Near a Bridge

Australian band Krakatau’s debut “Water Near A Bridge” seemingly have their origins before recorded history, emerging from the primordial ooze & lurching towards your turntable like a creature out of Lovecraftian fiction. The guitar-less trio, Krakatau utilize organ, bass & drums to communica...view item »

Allah-Las
Worship The Sun

Last time out Allah La's had nailed that 60's worshipping garage sound but didn't quite have the songwriting to match. That record sounded totally beautiful though and its a shame to read the studio they used has closed. Still, 'Worship The Sun' still has that authentic West Coast sound that references The Byrds, Love and The Animals and will si...view item »

Syd Barrett
Opel

180g vinyl reissue of this sought-after compilation of rare and unreleased material from the legendary Pink Floyd frontman. Compiled from recordings made between 1968 and 1970, including takes from 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett' and two unreleased tracks that the Floyd had previously vetoed....view item »

Blank Realm
Deja What?

Somewhat unnoticed or not particularly well known, Blank Realm released this studio album with Bedroom Sucks Records in 2010. Blank Realm are an Aussie band who dabble in dense textures, electronic experimentation and crazy vocals - so kind of an Australian Animal Collective. 'Deja What' is a fantastic album that previews the sound that they wou...view item »

Moon Unit
New Sky Dragon

I'm running out of things to say about psych rock nowadays, so much of it streams its way into the office each week that I feel like I'm in a permanent state of spaced-out bewilderment. Anyway, Moon Unit play psych/krautrock type stuff that concentrates on the purely mongy terrain of drone. I can hear pseudo-sitar, synth drone and loose Vibracat...view item »

John Sims
Palomino

John Sims is actually not a person named John Sims, but a band of people who just happen to think it sounds nice and will be awesomely confusing. Their new record, 'Palomino', is released on Fortuna Pop!, and shows off a twee application of hazy kraut-influenced sounds. It comes with a Silver Apples cover, so you know -- nice experiments only....view item »

Vision Fortune
Night Jukes

Here's Li'l Biz's review of the original cassette release from June 2012!   Not heard Vision Fortune before but they’ve got the approval of the increasingly strange Italian Beach Babes label so I’m wil...view item »

Matthew Swinnerton
Lampenfieber

'Lampenfieber' is the new record from Rakes' guitarist Matthew Swinnerton, who has branched out into solo pursuits such as producing and scoring. This record is far and away from the indie rock of his previous band, a collection of instrumental tracks based in the sounds its title suggests - Krautrock, motorik and experimental. It...view item »

Cluster
One Hour

This was originally released in 1994 by the legendary electronic duo who consisted of Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius following an earlier comeback album 'Apropros Cluster'. This album condenses essential passages from jams into 60 minutes. Just imagine how long it was originally? What results is an oddball take on impressionist...view item »

Les Vampyrettes
Les Vampyrettes

A previously unreleased collaboration between krautrock producer Conny Plank and Can-member Holger Czukay, Les Vampyrettes features creepy kosmiche and deep voiced German spoken word. A unique rarity from the archives. Out on blue vinyl LP with fold out poster and 3 x 10” vinyl box set from Gronland....view item »

Sun Araw
Belomancie

Any music fan will tell you it's not the notes that matter, it's the space between the notes - and very few people have more space between their notes than Sun Araw, whose skeletal post-dub explorations are comprised of roughly half silence. Given that he's been around the block a couple of times now, you probably think you know what he sounds l...view item »

White Hills
So You Are… So You'll Be

They say I’m past it. Clint they say, you just don’t understand what the kids are listening to these days. White Hills seem to have made an alarming amount of records for a band who I have never heard a single note by. But I’m learning,  people, I’m learning. I learnt yesterday that for example they are about to go o...view item »

Jimi Hendrix
Rainbow Bridge - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Rainbow Bridge was the second posthumous release after his untimely death. Long bootleged on vinyl, this is the first official LP release in many years and has been lovingly remastered by Bernie Grundman on 180g, and sounds better than it probably did back when it was first released in 1971. It features such legends as Buddy Miles, Noel Redding ...view item »

Irmler + Liebezeit
Flut

Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich. However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT - an album that regroups six improvisations between organ a...view item »

Harald Grosskopf
Oceanheart

Legendary electronic guy Grosskopf (large head in German) made the switch from drummer in rock bands to electronic music specialist very early doors before the end of the '70's. This was his second solo effort, neither this nor his debut 'Synthesist' sold well at the time but have since been picked up by a younger generation, fascinated by the p...view item »

Celebration
Albumin

Celebration are Baltimore's prime psych-rock outfit, mixing in a bit of soul for good measure and playing with old-school keyboard sounds for fun. 'Albumin' is their first record upon signing for Bella Union, as well as being their first in four years. Led by the belting, unhindered voice of Katrina Ford, Celebration make climactic pop songs wit...view item »

Can
Rite Time

Mute brought back more Can than any krautrock fan could possibly handle with the 'Can Vinyl Box', which featured seventeen Can records reissued in one bundle; now each record is stepping out on its own. 'Rite Time' is a very late entry in the Can catalogue, initially released in 1986 after 'Out of Reach' and 'Can', records th...view item »

Can
Out Of Reach

Mute brought back more Can than any krautrock fan could possibly handle with the 'Can Vinyl Box', which featured seventeen Can records reissued in one bundle; now each record is stepping out on its own. 1978's 'Out of Reach' was the tenth official record in Can's discography, doing without the band's ex-bassist and principle member&nbs...view item »

Roedelius
Flieg Vogel Fliege

Hans-Joachim Roedelius: born 1934; first releases in 1969 with Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Konrad Schnitzler). Active ever since as a solo artist and in various collaborations (with Moebius in Cluster, with Moebius and Michael Rother in Harmonia, with Brian Eno, to name just a few). One of the most prolific musicians of the German avant-gar...view item »

Can
Flow Motion

The Can record most likely to be introduced on evening TV by Fern Cotton is Flow Motion, their eighth and most pop record, insofar as it made its way onto Top Of The Pops. Krautrock as a single-producing machine, the record still offers some cuts for the out crowd who want to hear Can do Can...view item »

John Garcia
John Garcia

With VISTA CHINO, Garcia makes music very close to his Kyuss roots, but on this self-titled solo album, he ventures into first-class, very catchy rock songs that commute equally between classic rock and concise stoner elements. Featuring legendary Robby Krieger (The Doors) on guitar duties in 'Her Bullets Energy' - John Garcia has delive...view item »

MC5
Back In The USA

'Back In The USA' was actually the debut album from proto-punks MC5, released in 1970 and full of hard rock fury complemented with the good vibe hooks of pop outfits like the Beach Boys. The record had a lasting influence on early punk rock, and all that greasy hair probably influenced the Strokes at some point. 'Back I...view item »

The Moons
Mindwaves

'Mindwaves' is the new long player from The Moons. A rich sounding, 21st century, psychedelic space odyssey, it's full of well-crafted songs and infectious rhythms, steeped in love and destruction, peace and paranoia. Classic pop melodies brim with tight harmonies and layered guitars resulting in a rich and varied collection of songs....view item »

The John Steel Singers
Everything's A Thread

Phil sees the word ‘Australian’ and the word ‘pop’ on the same page and immediately sounds the Clinton klaxon. I was hoping to dislike this just to prove him wrong but nah...he’s right. The first main track here (there’s a little intro piece that precedes it) is a wonderfully technicolour slice of pop ...view item »

Buddy Miles
Them Changes

Them Changes is the 1970 release by American Rock and Funk drummer, vocalist, composer and producer Buddy Miles. He was a founding member of The Electric Flag (1967), a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys (1969-1970), founder and leader of the Buddy Miles Express and later, the Buddy Miles Band. In addition to Jimi Hendrix, Miles playe...view item »

Mumpbeak
Mumpbeak

The office post-it goblin has been up to his usual business on this Mumpbeak CD. "Interesting proggy instrumentals, King Crimson-ish", he says. He's right, this is a CD of instrumental prog, complex and psychedelic stuff with a very obvious debt to the aforementioned Crimmo but also plays around with complex ...view item »

Can
Saw Delight

Mid-era Can was for dividing fans, breaking hearts and experimenting with lots of new ideas, and Saw Delight was no exception, bringing in two new contributors to the fold -- both ex-Traffic folks -- and taking on a general, ambiguous interest in world music a la Paul Simon in his ...view item »

Gulp
Season Sun

Debut album by the new band formed by Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce and his wife Lindsey Leven. Folky female vocals atop ’60s-influenced psych-pop and motorik synth-prog. Like a shinier Stereolab or a more bucolic Broadcast, ‘Seasoned Sun’ also features contributions from fellow Super Furry Animals Cian Ciaran a...view item »

Cincinnato
Cincinnato

There is a definite prog-rock/krautrock experimentation to the band, but the tinges of jazz influence are everywhere, and the new tracks ("Tramanto d'Ottobre 2006," which updates one of the original tracks, and "Tangasco") are basically pure jazz. The centrepiece is "L'ebete," a 21-minute mega-jam which transforms continually and shows off the b...view item »

Moebius / Story / Leidecker
Snowghost Pieces

Many brightly shining planets orbit the twin central star of Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius). To be clear: as soloists Roedelius and Moebius have long since worked with all kinds of musicians whose congenial contributions add even more colour to the polychromatic Cluster world. Yet no matter how distinctly their guests creati...view item »

Boris
Noise

I don't know what's happened to Boris. I was never a big fan anyway but 'Pink' really had a startling power that pricked my ears up. It's all been a bit downhill from there, however. They've transformed into this kind of "alternative" stadium band, retaining their dynamic structures and eclectic nature but...I dunno. It's all a little over-worth...view item »

Watter
This World

Grails/Slint blokes. Nuff said.” That’s all the post-it on the front of this CD has to tell me, and listening to it now I’d say that’s a valid point. Watter is like a musical victory lap for some of Louisville’s finest - multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (...view item »

The Last Minute Put Together Boogie Band
Six Hour Technicolor Dream

This 70's vintage semi-improvised blues jam would be of no interest to anyone if it weren't for the appearance of Syd Barrett on three tracks. On his last ever live appearance apparently, he plays guitar but doesn't veer anywhere near the vocal mic. The recording is muddy but just about listenable and amongst ...view item »

J.C. Satan
Italian Summer / I Don't Feel Like Dancing

Trouble In Mind have made a deal with JC Satan and this week put out the French psych-poppers' latest single 'Italian Summer'. It's a pleasantly stomping little thing full of hi-gain guitars and loudly delivered vocal harmonies which it's hard not to compare to Thee Oh Sees, but with a bit more of a slacker t...view item »

People's Temple
Utopia

The People's Temple seem to be on a Ty Segall-esque run of good form lately. Each release seems to be more impressive than its predecessor, and their latest album 'Musical Garden' is probably my most-played record of the year so far. On this 7" we've got three songs which were recorded in spring 2012, so I guess b...view item »

Moon Duo
Escape

I'm a bit skeptical with the old Wooden Shjips. I saw them live once and they were terrifyingly tedious. Most of their recorded output does very little for me although I do like some bits of Volume 1. So it's a bit of a surprise how impressed I am by this new one from offshoot band Moon Duo, especially since the apple's fallen so close to the t...view item »

Blue Angel Lounge
A Sea Of Trees

Here's the latest offering on Brian Jonestown honcho Anton Newcombe's A Records, the third album by The Blue Angel Lounge. They make a kind of darkly psychedelic pop music which is informed by new wave, post-punk and goth, often coming across like a cross between the aforementioned 'Massacre and Ec...view item »

Cluster
Apropos Cluster

Exploratory Krautrock / Komische legends Cluster had a good few years from the late 60s to the early 80s, making frankly excellent records of pastoral electronic soundscapes: Apropos Cluster is the first record they made after getting back together in 1990, and contains blissful ambience and deft experimentation in equa...view item »

Comet Control
Comet Control

Dreamy, wah soaked psychedelic rock from Toronto-based Comet Control. Nothing shockingly new here but patiently, lovingly executed nonetheless. Lazy and hazy in a stoned Dead Meadow or Bardo Pond sort of way. Artwork by Prometheus-affiliate Signalstarr. Available on CD and vinyl LP from US indie Tee Pee....view item »

White Fence
Cyclops Reap

One of those names I’ve seen about for ages yet never heard. Despite my employ in a record emporium, its very easy to miss out on loads of great stuff if you are looking the other way, which I normally am, at a tree or the viaduct. This is the latest album in the lifetime of Tim (no relation to Elvis or Reg) Presley and its a lovely surpri...view item »

The Congregation
Garden

One for the stoner twitchers out there from Leeds renowned stable of the psychedelic and sublime, Vanity Case. I last heard Steve and Felix on the cosmic mindwarp that was the Frozen Geese platter a few years back. Here the duo have constructed a heady yet relaxing jour...view item »

Hark
Mythopoeia

Ooooff! Got a right meaty bad boy here from Super Fi/Destructure by Hark, which is the new project of Taint frontman Jimbob Isaac, who has also designed and screenprinted some pretty badass sleeves. On the wax itself we’v...view item »

Israel Nash
Rain Plans

Rain Plans is the first single to be taken from Israel Nash’s 3rd album, Israel Nash’s Rain Plans. The track has been inspired by nature and the world that Nash finds surrounds his new home just outside Austin, Texas. This 7” also contains the non-LP track ...view item »

Limb
Limb

Well, I tried Googling these guys’ music, but all I found was Youtube videos of medical professionals. So I am left no choice but to go out on a limb here and say that their self-titled album will an album filled with Limb’s half-sludge-and-half-minimal-bleakness sound that we’ve come to appreciate....view item »

Various
Thai? Dai!

I'm so into all of this archive far Eastern stuff at the moment you've no idea. I can't help myself when it comes in and I'm particularly enjoying the slew of Thai comps that have come out lately. Finders Keepers continue their quest to plunder the world's psych-funk vaults to bring you a new selection of Thai tracks comprising of the heavier si...view item »

The Solo Artists
Broken Seagull in a Box / Golden Star

Here’s a new single on The Sound of Salvation and it’s a pretty likeable bit of indie pop, with the chunky jangling opening riff with its Allman Brothers-ish lead guitar and bright Hammond bringing to mind that strident European psych-pop aesthetic popularised in the ‘90s by bands like Motorpsych...view item »

Ellis Island Sound
Regions

The jury is still out on this new Ellis Island Sound album. We had it on in the office whilst I tucked longingly into a sandwich and it was kind of drifting past, but pleasantly I must add. This collaboration between David Sheppard (Phelan/Sheppard, Snow Palms) and Pete Astor (The Loft/The Weathe...view item »

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground

Not to be confused with their eponymous third album, The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground is a much-prized-by-collectors "best of" consisting of tracks from their first three albums. The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground is available on 180gm vinyl...view item »

Malachai
Beyond Ugly

Like a smorgasboard of sound, Malachai don’t particularly stick to a particular style thus destroying yesterdays office discussion that you could judge a record by the first track only. If you judged this one by opener ‘Sweet Flower’ you’d have it down as a kind of gritty, sink-dwelling ...view item »

Ragged Barracudas
Ragged Barracudas

Here’s a single of dirty hairy man rock from Ragged Barracudas. On side A is ‘Living the Dream’ which is a lo-fi ‘70s bulldozer riff with a bit of a cocky glam swagger to it. Everything is all muddy and distorted and there’s some sloppy squealing guitar solo bits. Enjoyable....view item »

Hawkwind
Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music

The band had left United Artists and moved to Charisma, and the music reflects this change. This isn't like any previous Hawk album. Many people disparage this record as being an attempt at commerciality and the weak link in the land of 70s Hawkwind. I don't see it that way. I think it is a very fine album, with strong song writing and sharp pla...view item »

Ellis Island Sound
Intro, Airborne, Travelling

This is a long running collaboration between Pete Astor (Weather Prophets) and David Sheppard (State River Widening, Snow Palms).  The main track i...view item »

Sudden Death of Stars
All Unrevealed Parts Of The Unknown

So much stuff, so little time. This is a French psych pop band who sound unbelievably English...as if they’ve just emerged from a thatched cottage in the South Downs to play at the village fete. They use all the correct psych pop reference points; The Kinks, Syd Barrett...view item »

Three Dimensional Tanx
I am go / Loose Id Syd

This single opens with a Hammond refrain that sounds an awful lot like 'No More Heroes' by the Stranglers, but then there's some comically overdriven wah-wah guitar and some chatty vocals that remind me a little bit of the first Arctic Monkeys album. I heard these guys's a...view item »

Bronze
World Arena

Bronze impressed us a lot when they released 2011's 'Copper' LP but nobody else seemed to be paying much attention so they're back at you with another one, 'World Arena'. I'm going to review it as if I didn't already know what they sound like since nobody bought that last one. This lot have a clever and woozy aesthetic which pairs repeti...view item »

Spectre Folk
Mothership

Its not just some guys jamming. Its Pete Nolan from Magik Markers, Steve Shelley from the Sonic Youth, Aaron Mullan from Tall Firs and Mark Ibold from Pavement. They do an ancient sounding ...view item »

Mark McGuire
Along The Way

When Mark McGuire's 12-minute-long 'The Instinct' dropped on 12" late last year with a similarly epic B-side, I was under the misapprehension that it was a small but perfectly formed mini-album. Clearly I was mistaken as the track also features on this rather more substantial new opus from the Emerald. It's a sprawl...view item »

Gurgles
You Send Me Up / You're Madder Than Me

Its not every band take their primary influence from Van Der Graaf Generator but here’s a possibility. Coming from the international pop hotbed of Bradford (see also: Kiki Dee) and rejoicing in the names Augustin Bousfield, Nanette Brimble and Bradley Cunningham,  the group have recorded...view item »

Love
Black Beauty

Having walked around for the past week with ‘You Set The Scene’ seemingly jammed on my iPod, I seem to have forgotten how much I like Love...until ‘Forever Changes’, then there’s barely a note that lived up to the quality of those early records. ‘Black Beauty’ is that r...view item »

Garotas Suecas
Feras MÍticas

Vibrations from the sun drenched Garotas Suecas. Feras MÍticas is the second album from the Rio De Janeiro group. Awash with soulful vocalisations, tight guitars, serious bass lines, drums and an assortment of electronics and strings. They mix between their native styles such as bossa nova and gentle sa...view item »

Lazy Smoke
Corridor of Faces Demos

Psychedelia you can tell back-in-my-day stories about; from way back in 1967, Lazy Smoke were a short-lived group who made pop an eccentric and exciting thing. Corridor of Faces Demos shows the band in their early inception, and also features two songs made before the band were ever known as Laz...view item »

Sunray
Full Circle

Is it krautrock day today? I just had to write some words about the newie from Toronto’s Fresh Snow which reminded me of the north’s very own Warm Digits, and no sooner have I reviewed that than this Can-esque platter drops onto my lap from ...view item »

Doug Tuttle
Doug Tuttle

Former Mmoss man Doug Tuttle has dusted himself off after their demise and crafted this debut album under his own name, although I think it's fair to say that he's pretty much picking up where he left off with that '60s-loving beat combo. 'Doug Tuttle' is packed with dreamy, hazy psych-pop from the ...view item »

Morgan Delt
Morgan Delt

Morgan Delt's debut 7" 'Barbarian Kings' was an absolute feast of broken-sounding psychedelic weirdness so it's exciting and daunting to finally have his debut full-length on my CD player to try to comprehend, digest and describe in bite-sized review form. Even aside from the aforementioned single, which appears early on in all its hazy east-mee...view item »

Residual Echoes
Secret Museum of Kind Men Vol. 3 (India / Tajikstan)

Here's the third instalment of Casual Acid Tea's excellent 'Secret History of Kind Men' series, in which modern artists cover pieces from the epic 'Secret History of Mankind' archive. This one has a band called Residual Echoes interpreting tracks called 'Gungru Tarang' by Master Manamar Barve of India and 'Khar Shabi' by T Tazylova of Tajikstan....view item »

Günter Schickert
Kinder In Der Wildnis

This is a crazy, wild and amazing record, make no mistake. I had a friend once who on meeting I asked (as the stock ice-breaker between men it's usually either football or music) "what music are you into?" He stared at me through his round tinted spectacles, scrunched up his mouth in deep thought and then uttered the legend "Owt German" ...view item »

TOY
Join The Dots

I must be honest here and say that although their early singles were neat pieces of motorik ethereal rock I never quite gelled with their self-titled full length so I wasn't expecting much from this. 'A follow up, already?" I bleated in astonishment on uncovering this in the pile. It takes a good band to build on the promise of a much-hy...view item »

Pentwater
Pentwater

Pentwater do the whole prog rock thing right by name-checking pretty much every single first wave band there was -- let's just drop the words Yes and Gentle Giant now and be done with it -- and also playing some music. Mentioning their constant usage of "haunting flute lines"...view item »

Pyrolator
Wunderland

A distinctly German take on easy listening, Wunderland by Pyrolator (aka Kurt Dahlke of Der Plan fame) is speckled with weird and wonderful sampled and lush arrangements. Originally released in 1984 it’s stacked with the bombast and production tropes of the decade. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Bureau B....view item »

Various
The Regal Crabomophone Annual For 2014

Two tracks from Fruit de Mer which need to be heard but that that the chaps in charge of the label haven’t gotten round to sorting yet. This year features two tracks – one by Finland's acid-folk band Octopus Syng and one baroque pop number by a new name to the label  – Mark McDowell. 7&rdq...view item »

Painted Caves
Surveillance

Marmite, as we all aware, has a certain clichéd reputation. Maybe the same assessment can be levelled at that avant-guard stuff that hovers around the edges of our lovely music pond...maybe. Ever since exposure to early Laurie Anderson I've always kept a space open for such route-less-travelled material of the American psyche. ...view item »

Star Spangled Banana
Pebbles 2000

Claiming to be the creators of a whole new genre called bubble-grunge, and then claiming to be the pioneers of said paradoxical genre, Star Spangled Banana play a kind of gorgeous alt rock that uses low-end and gruesome amps to a joyous end. Pebbles 2000 is a tribute to a bunch of fun-time old p...view item »

Midlake
Antiphon

What to make of Midlake. A bunch of bearded Texan’s whose sole remit seems to be to sound as much like early 70’s folk proggers Caravan and their Canterbury scene rivals  as humanly possible. From their early beginnings as a kind of Fleetwood Mac tribute act, &lsq...view item »

Conrad Schnitzler
Gold

Ex-Tangerine Dream musician/intern and member of Kluster, Conrad Schnitzler has made a lot of solo material in his own right, and free of the Komische landscape, Bureau B have released select compilations of his work. Gold focuses in on w...view item »

Lace Curtain
Falling / Running EP

This record has a sticker on it declaring it the “New project from Mikey Young, David West and James Vinciguerra from Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox et al&rd...view item »

Bardo Pond
Peace on Venus

Veteran out-rockers Bardo Pond return this week with album number nine on Fire Records, collecting five brand new tracks of their sludgy stoner-doom psychedelia for your listening convenience. It’s a raw-sounding production full of spluttering guitars and slow crashing drums and s...view item »

Cian Ciaran
They Are Nothing Without Us

“Other Super Furry Animal” Cian Ciaran is back with his second solo album this week. I’ll be honest right off the bat and say I never heard the first one so I’m not going to try comparing the two here. The first thing that strikes me is that this is a pre...view item »

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