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Richard Pinhas
Chronolyse

Chronolyse was first released in 1977 (but only in France), as a sideline to Richard Pinhas’ activities in Heldon, the synth-prog experimentalists whose reputation is growing ever stronger. This is an LP of properly exploratory proportions, Moog arpeggios expanding everywhere. White vinyl reissue from Cuneiform.
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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.
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Trader Horne
Morning Way

Morning Way, the only album ever made by Trader Horne, is considered a major (and majorly unappreciated) example of 1970’s British psychedelic folk. First of all, just look at that cover art! The music is similarly colourful, varied, and wonderfully odd. Reissued by Earth Recordings on CD or red coloured vinyl.

Minami Deutsch
Minami Deutsch

Beware: krautrock is on its way back. And this time, it’s coming from Japan. None-to-subtly indicating their inclinations in their nomenclature, Minami Deutsch combine Japanese thoroughness with German thoroughness. The result is a hypnotically straightforward debut, with tireless drum(computer)s carrying distorted vocals and wavy bass lines.
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Jimi Hendrix
The Cry Of Love

A repressing of the first Jimi Hendrix record to be released after his death, 'The Cry of Love' shows off the guitarist going deep into his extensive guitar lexicon, performing as if with some sort of prescience of his instrument. The record initially came out in 1971 and was affectionately released by Hendrix's old collaborators: Eddie Kramer and Mitch Mitchell are both important figures in the sequencing and producing departments. It's re-released here thanks to Legacy. There's a studio version of "Star Spangled Banner" on here, so phew for that.
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MV & EE
Alpine Frequency

Alpine Frequency by MV & EE has been likened to a pair of Neil Young’s patched-up jeans, suggesting that, unlike their previous work, it is a collage of sound. A patchwork quilt of sounds brought together to make a sprawling double LP. They mix psychedelia, appalachian folk and aspects of indian music to make their sound. As ever, the Vermont-based duo are joined by a cast of hangers-on that this time include PG Six, Mick Flower and Rafi Bookstaber, to name a few.

Wand
1000 Days

Three full-length albums in little over a year, that sounds like magic. Wand have kept on rolling, and their new album 1000 Days is their newest trick. With playful vocals accompanying entrancing beats, the album takes off where they left off. And by the time you're done listening, their fourth album should be just about finished!
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Golden Void
Berkana

Album number two from psych rock adventurers Golden Void. Heavy riffs are, of course, at the beating core of this band’s music, but they don’t leave it there. Berkana throws plenty of additional atmospherics into the mix too, filling out tracks with keyboards and the like. Out on Thrill Jockey as a CD or as an LP.
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Miminokoto
Otomejima No Otome

Miminokoto are a trio with some serious pedigree, bringing together members of Acid Mothers Temple, Astral Travelling Unity and Che-SIZU for a blasted sounding psych-rock trip. These guys know how to do it. Otomejima No Otome is pressed to some very fetching 180g pink and white swirl vinyl, on the Blackest Rainbow label.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Majeure
Termination Shock

‘Termination Shock’ is the third album release from ambient synth composer Majeure (aka Paterra from Zombi). Comprising eight tracks of intimate, minimalistic ambient synth tracks, the record is part new age, part kraut rock with endless textural layers of 90’s/2000’s inspired synths which Paterra describes as his coldest and darkest work so far.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
The Night Creeper

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have built up a large reputation since their origins in 2009, going down particularly well in the USA. The Night Creeper finds them riffing more riffily than ever before, recalling classic early heavy metal. Available on CD or as a double LP, with a variety of colours sprinkled throughout the edition.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra
Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra

Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra is an unusual project name isn't it? I guess Johnny Kafta really hates vegetarians…? Well, whether he does or not, the self-titled album of this group of his expresses strong vibes of free-rock, honed carefully (through improvisation) in the Lebanon. LP on Discrepant.

Magic Bus
Seven Wonders

Magic Bus have something of a mysticism to them, inherited from 1970's era English folk-rock along with much of their sound. Seven Wonders is taken from their latest album Transmission From Sogmore's Garden, with an exclusive track on the B-side. This 7" single release continues their relationship with the Fruits de Mer label.
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Tir na nOg
Ricochet

Tir na nOg are an Irish psychedelic, progressive rock band who have been a bit quiet for 40 years or so.This is a 7” of their new single, Ricochet, from their upcoming album The Dark Dance, their first album in 40 years.It’s a dark, building slice of psychedelia and is backed with a live version of their 70s classic ‘Tir na nOg’ on the B side.

Mueller_Roedelius
Imagori

Mueller_Roedelius are Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Christoph H. Mueller, coming together for the first time to create Imagori. It’s an album of electronic music but it feels intimately hand-crafted. The tunes are deep and warm with some rich piano and lots of percussive flourishes. It’s like electronic jazz. Pressed on a pink vinyl LP.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Thank God For Mental Illness

Thank God For Mental Illness is the third album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It was originally released in 1996. Their consistent quality and prolific nature is mind blowing enough, but when you realise that this album was recorded in one day for less than $18, you’ve just got to applaud their chops. Thank God For Mental Illness is available for the first time on vinyl, so to make it that bit more special, repress black vinyl.
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Brian Ellis Group
Escondido Sessions

Don’t hear so much jazz-rock around these days do we? Well hear it now, with Brian Ellis and his Group. The Escondido Sessions grounds flighty jazz improvisations with a firmly rock rhythm section. Saxophones, but also guitar, organ and Moog synth make up the palette of this record. Pretty strong stuff, on El Paraiso Records.
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Krokodil
Sweat and Swim

A rare example of Swiss Kraut-Prog, Krokodil made a few albums prior to Sweat And Swim, their 1973 final effort. This album is a double, and fits a whole lot of hard rocking action into that space, tempered by touches that might be called freaky. The feeling is of a vehicle driving relentlessly forwards, threatening to veer off at any moment. 2LP Reissue.
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Herbcraft
Wot Oz

Herbcraft are a psychedelically-inclined group (no shit), and they recorded Wot Oz almost by accident. Originally the session was just a warm-up, but soon it turned out the jammed-out material was too good not to do something with. Sounds like the product of a mind overheated on a hot August afternoon: e.g. it sounds very good. On Woodsist.
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TAU
Wirikuta EP

Psychedelic trip-tunes here from TAU, formerly of Dead Skeletons. His EP Wirikuta is deeply inspired by the desert, specifically the deserts of North-West Mexico, where it is implied that he has had some wild experiences. Some of the tracks build on traditional medicine songs, some build that vibe up from scratch. On Fuzz Club.
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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Batlight Clearkid

Here we have a collection of Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band live recordings dating from the 70’s: premium times for the Captain. John Peel himself compiled the collection that appears on Batlight Clearkid, and the fourteen tracks are presented on 180g yellow vinyl with an array of rare Beefheart images.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pridjevi
Pridjevi

Pridjevi are a Croatian crew, formed of three songwriters who have audibly psychedelic interests. Sung entirely in Croatian (good thing too), this self-titled debut is a lovely whirling thing, hypnotising listeners with circular rhythms, acid rock guitars, and a haze of indefinable background sound. On Trouble In Mind.
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The Telescopes
Hidden Fields

The Telescopes have a rich history of walking the borderline of sheer noise and straight song-forms, never quite committing to either. Hidden Fields, their first record since 2013, finds them channelling wild drones into fairly songish songs, by their standards. A heady rush of devotional sonics, released by Tapete.

Gurgles
Gurglefirst?

Classic sounding pop-rock (with an indie tinge) led by a Fender Rhodes organ. That instrument gives a certain hue to Gurgles' sound, refreshingly different to much of the Bradford scene from which they come. In fact, Gurgles feature a member of both Mucky Sailor and Nope, so probably makes for a very satisfying sideline! On Saltaire Recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Electric Moon
Theory of Mind

Bring the psychedelics, because Electric Moon have a total trip of a record to present to you. Theory Of Mind’s four tracks all hover around the fifteen minute mark, during which the group slowly ascend to those third eye peaks. Magic eye painting on the cover too apparently, for full effect! CD release on Sulatron.
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Tame Impala
Currents

Having made two of the finest albums to be released in the last decade in 'Innerspeaker' and 'Lonerism',  Tame Impala are threatening to turn themselves into a pastiche of pretty much what everybody else is doing -- if early teasers from this album are to be believed. Synths have replaced guitars and production values are at times influenced solely by 'Bouncing Off the Satellites' era the B52s. Still, everyone likes the '80's so this could be the future-retro pop album that propels Kevin Parker to superstardom whilst fans of his earlier Beatlesey psych moves weep into their kaftans. Waiting for the whole thing before passing judgement could be a good option at this stage. Certainly whatever emerges will be mighty tuneful. 
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Fly Golden Eagle
Quartz Bijou

Fly Golden Eagle are a band who like to rock: psych rock. Quartz Bijou is their latest record, and it takes inspiration from Jodorowsky’s film The Holy Mountain, which can only be a good thing. The group have recently played as backing band to a number of releases recorded in their native Nashville, including Alabama Shakes and Benjamin Booker.
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Carlton Melton
Out To Sea

Out To Sea by Carlton Melton sees the band growing their psychedelic palette with a thundering rhythm section, cosmic guitar riffs, searing solos and analog synth action wrapped in an ethereal prog bubble. Fans of The Heads, Parson Sound, Bardo Pond and Faust, among others will dig this. It's pressed on double coloured vinyl too!
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe
I Declare Nothing

Anton Newcome of The Brian Jonestown Massacre has been working with Tess Parks for a little while, and the collaboration has now borne fruit in the form of I Declare Nothing, ten sprawling tracks of hazy tone, languorous vocals from Parks over Newcombe’s backing. On Newcombe’s own ‘a’ recordings.

Ken Camden
Dream Memory

Kranky continues to pedal its alternative lullaby lifestyle with Dream Memory, a beguiling abstraction of guitar norms by Ken Camden, who attempts to bring together the disparate timbres of guitar and synth. This records alien technological drone is offered estranged vocal flourishes by Angel Olsen and Emily Elhaj, though their voices are processed to the point of algorithm, so don't seek them out.

Various
Kollektion 04: Bureau B By Richard Fearless

Richard Fearless, of Death In Vegas fame, bravely embarks on a very comprehensive compilation of the Bureau B archives, paring electronic wonders from 200 releases down to a 2CD or Triple LP collection. This, the CD edition, contains the whole lot, with a tracklist to die for, including Faust, Cluster and Günter Schikert.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Peter Walker
Live at Third Man Records

Jack White's appetite for live albums continues to grow as he releases yet another album of a person doing a thing in his studio which White then boasts about through the medium of 12". Here the great Peter Walker pays his debts to his favourite artists -- John Fahey and Robbie Basho, and all who could turn a guitar exercise into a beautiful American landscape. It's called Live At Third Man Records as I think about five thousand records now are.
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Sonic Death
Soft Shock / Destruction of the World

Sonic Death are a Russian band, and Soft Shock / Destruction Of The World is their most widely distributed release to date, put out by both DiG Records and Köster Records. It is also their first foray onto vinyl, the 7” containing suitably energetic and crushing music for a band with the name Sonic Death.
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Goblin Rebirth
Goblin Rebirth

Man, you just can’t keep Italian horror-progsters down can you? In addition to the group currently touring as Goblin, we now have the band’s original rhythm section from back in the day producing music as Goblin Rebirth. This album soundtracks a film so perfectly suited to Goblin that it doesn’t even need to exist for them to soundtrack it. On Relapse.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack's debut was one of those records that pointed the way forward in terms of how albums could be comprised and sequence. Half blurry pop songs, half wandering instrumentals, it contains two tributes to the then totally obscure Popul Vuh and an unlikely cover of Suede's 'The Drowners'. It's notable how twee the pop songs are sounding now but back then they were dead scary. The mystique that surrounded the band had a lot do to with this...a perfectly executed shoegaze/noise concept.     

Ecstatic Vision
Sonic Praise

Psych, psych and more psych from Philadelphia’s Ecstatic Vision. Indebted to the likes of Hawkwind and more recently Wooden Shjips, Sonic Praise is their debut effort packed full of riffs, solos and motorik drumming. Utterly retro space rock for those who like it classic. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Relapse.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Family Underground
Commiseration


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Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs
Evil Mothers


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Weird Owl
Interstellar Skeletal

Summer-evenings-in-California style electro-psychedelia is the sonic territory that Weird Owl like to work, and Interstellar Skeletal works it well. I think the album name and the album sleeve give you a good feel: colourful, space-themed, and fun. CD or ‘milky clear’ vinyl on ‘a’ Recordings.
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Guapo
Obscure Knowledge

Guapo are a group dedicated to making prog-rock a non-ridiculous prospect in this day and age, mostly by applying a small dose of post-rock thinking into the mix. Definitely plenty for old prog fans to enjoy in Obscure Knowledge’s several movements. Available on Cuniform, as a CD or as a (obviously) gatefold LP.
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Jarvis Street Revue
Mr. Oil Man

Jarvis Street Revue hailed from distant Ontario, Canada back in the early 70’s, and the view from there is a strange one, cold and firm and psychedelic. The band’s only album, Mr. Oil Man, is an anti-establishment howl of frustration, reissued at last as a limited LP (only 500 copies) on Lion Productions.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jacco Gardner
Hypnophobia

‘Hypnophobia’ is the new album from Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner. The album is a fantastic tale of exploration told by a baroque pop wizard, casting psychedelic enchantments through the medium of magic and an eclectic collection of beautiful vintage instruments including a Wurlitzer electric piano, mellotrons, harpsichords, an Optigan, and a Steinway upright piano.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Budos Band
Burnt Offering

'Burnt Offering' is the newest record from that ten-piece that just wants to have fun: the Budos Band. Riffs on riffs front this record of hazy psych-rock and proud metal worship, though the band retain their jazz and Afrobeat influences and pack their tunes with all the things that make them more like Fela Kuti. A weird, wonderful hybrid of musical party makes up 'Burnt Offering'.
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Santiparro
True Prayer

Psych folk in all its fantastical glory from Santiparro. Whether you lean more towards the outer reaches of psychedelia or the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar, True Prayer delivers the aural banquet you've been craving. Features contributions from Will Oldham, Kyp Malone, Adam Wills, Melati Malay and Ben Bromley. Out on gatefold CD and hand-numbered vinyl LP from Gnome Life.

Dommengang
Everybody's Boogie

Seattle heavyweight Sig Wilson (Holy Sons, Castanets, Scout Niblett) leads a blues rock trio with Brooklynites Brian Markham and Adam Bulgasem. Dommengang's debut album Everybody’s Boogie is a fuzzy, repetitive beast in the resurgently popular psych mould. CD in mini-LP style gatefold package and vinyl LP from Thrill Jockey.

The Bevis Frond
The Auntie Winnie Album

The Auntie Winnie Album was the sixth album to be released by psychedelic rock act The Bevis Frond. Originally released in 1989, it is ripe for rediscovery. The Bevis Frond is essentially Nick Saloman who writes, produces and performs everything with bits of help here and there. He is one of the most underrated artists working today and his influence has reached artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Juliana Hatfield and Dinosaur Jr.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Bevis Through The Looking Glass

Bevis Through The Looking Glass was the third album by Londoner, Nick Saloman's band The Bevis Frond and was originally released in 1987. It features guitar solos that would make J Mascis jealous and catchy melodies to make The Beatles rethink their status, all wrapped in a big psychedelic blanket.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

White Hills
Walks For Motorists

Psychedelic rock band seen on Jim Jarmusch’s cool as chips movie from 2014 Only Lovers Left Alive White Hills release their album Walks for Motorists. Available on CD, LP and limited edition double red translucent vinyl including 30 minutes of additional footage. One for the beard strokers who populate the ATP festivals and MC5s fans.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Red Crayola & Art & Language
Corrected Slogans

Corrected Slogans was the first collaboration between Art & Language and The Red Crayola. It was originally released in 1976 and was the first recorded material from The Red Crayola since 1968. upon its release reviews were positive yet oddly assumed the music was ironic. It kick-started a five year steady stream of material from Mayo Thompson and Jesse Chamberlain.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Feverdreamt
Terban Te Ban

Feverdreamt is a brand new project, reportedly only starting to make music at the beginning of this year. In that time, Feverdreamt has moved from heavy-heat drones to fully developed songs: vocals and all. Terban Te Ban, the project’s debut, is released as a CD in a handmade sleeve, by Blackjack Illuminist Records.

Zombi
The Zombi Anthology

Zombi, a duo from Pittsburgh, were hugely influenced by the band Goblin who wrote the score for the original Dawn Of The Dead film. It was also where they got their name, the Italian release of the film being called Zombi. The Zombi Anthology features the multi layered looping of synth, bass and drums making sounds that sit somewhere between space rock and classic horror scores. If you've been buying up the recent slew of John Carpenter film score reissues, this may be your bag.

Liebezeit Mertin
Aksak

Aksak is the meeting of two mighty percussive minds: Jaki Liebezeit of the literal actual Can, and Holger Mertin of Drums And More. The two roll their pulsing rhythms around one another, Leibezeit working magic with a minimal kit while Mertin explores 19 different percussion instruments! Sounds incredible! On Staubgold.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Todd Rundgren, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm & Emil Nikolaisen
Runddans

Old school rock dude Todd Rundgren releasing on the Norwegian Smalltown Supersound label? Something odd is afoot… Indeed, Runddans finds Rundgren collaborating with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, of nu-disco fame, and Serena-Maneesh shoegazer Emil Nikolaisen. Good on him! The results are cosmic, psychedelic, soulful.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Popol Vuh
Kailash

‘Kailash’ is a collection of compositions by Florian Fricke of German seventies krautrock band Popol Vuh, who wrote the soundtracks to several cult classic Werner Herzog films including ‘Aguirre The Wrath Of God’, ‘Nosferatu’ and ‘Fitzcaraldo’. The album includes previously unreleased compilation of Fricke’s favourite piano recordings.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Black Moon Circle
Andromeda

Black Moon Circle are a three-piece Norwegian "spacerock" style unit, formed by Øyvin Engan (low end/vox) and Vemund Engan (cosmic axe) in 2012. The siblings were once in a local punk band but like many groups before them have found more pleasure in slowing, expanding and no doubt downtuning their oeuvre. Per Andreas Gulbrandsen is the guy bashing the skins. Probably smoking them too. Or eating them. Animal skins. Graaaaaah! I am Carnivorio! There have been comparisons to Earthless but as I've never heard Earthless I wouldn't be able to confirm the accuracy of such a grandiose statement. So, this could be Earthless, right, but without the members, name, label, catalogue or songs of that band.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

DRUGON
DRAGON

A live blast of psychedelia from Drugon. Formed by Mani Neumeier from krautrock lifers Guru Guru, Mandog’s Keiichi Miyashita and Takayuki Enomoto, and Makoto Kawabata from Acid Mothers Temple, the set is taken from a performance in Tokyo in 2005. It’s a propulsive work that touches on Guru Guru’s free jazz associations and embraces a chiming minimalist approach to the guitar. Out on CD from So I Buried Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

White Noise Sound
Like A Pyramid Of Fire

Welsh, psychedelic noise makers White Noise Sound have paved their way across the UK and Europe in the company of artists such as Super Furry Animals, The Warlocks, Spectrum, Mark Gardener (Ride) and members of Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their second album ‘Like A Pyramid Of Fire’, produced by DJ Phil Kiernan and Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) is a rhythmically hypnotic assault of melody and tonal exploration played through a psychedelic wall of sound.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jack Name
Weird Moons

Castleface are putting out this new one from the mercurial Jack Name. At first glance Weird Moons sounds a little darker, or colder, than previously. Fans of label-boss John Dwyer’s music, or John Maus should take note. On CD and vinyl and coming down the highway in a trashy 80s thriller on a busted VHS tape.
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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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The Amorphous Androgynous
A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) – The Wizards Of Oz

The fourth installment of this collection of crate-dug cosmic space music from our friends down under. There are a host of treasures, rare and almost unheard. Put together by Gaz Cobain and Brian Dougans and featuring artists they love as well as some they’ve only just discovered. CD from Festival Records.
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Various
Death, Decay and Renewal

Gatefold double 12” Vinyl LP. Holding various artists compiled by Chicago based avantgard musician and artist Plastic Crimewave released with London based perfumery Gorilla Perfumes (a new one for me as well). Artists include Werewheels, Cherrystones, Kawabata Makoto, Edgar Broughton and Dark Fog. Gatefold artwork by Plastic Crimewave and Alexander Tucker.

The Silence
The Silence

Founded by three original members of Japanese, eighties, experimental rock band Ghost, The Silence features Okano on drums and percussion, Batoh on guitar and vocals and Ogino taking care of production and arrangement as well as selecting additional members Jan Stigter on bass, Ryuichiro Yoshida on flute and saxophone and himself on organ and piano. Their self-titled debut ‘The Silence’ is a powerful piece of rock and roll that draws on the traditions and imagery of ancient, mysticism, dark arts and musical techniques.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
Inner Marshland

Inner Marshland is the second album from The Bevis frond, aka Nick Saloman. Originally released in 1987, the album has been long out-of-print and features six bonus tracks from the original sessions. Nick Saloman has the ability to write beautiful, honest pop songs and wrap them in swirling psychedelia. Artists such as Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr and Mary Lou Lord are among the frond’s many fans and have covered Nick’s songs. Inner Marshland is available on double vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Chemistry Experiment
Gongs Played By Voice

Pastoral prog from Nottingham-based quintet The Chemistry Experiment. Rather than literally enacting its title, Gongs Played By Voices adheres to the British prog tradition of discussing nature and the seasons with liberal use of fantastical lyrics and surreal storytelling. Actual gongs played by voices would’ve been great too but considering the band’s troubled journey towards the difficult second album it’s certainly a fine effort. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fortuna POP!.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Six Organs of Admittance
Hexadic

Some scuzzed out mutations from Six Organs of Admittance. Hexadic is the new full length from the man that is Ben Chasny. Apparently, he's pioneered some new fangled compositional devices for this one, cause he had to write something heavier than Nick Clegg's woebegone conscience. Chocka with super fuzzed out guitars, warped vocal wailings and the low ended doom that only the bass and drums can supply. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Drag City.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Amazing
Picture You

The Amazing's nine minute "Picture You" sounds like a blissed-out, stretched version of Real Estate, trying to keep hold of the pleasantness of living for as long as it can. On the record of the same name, the band navigate warm bass tones with interspersing guitar riffs, post-rock asides and warming keyboards. It's a meandering slab of indie rock that's as soothing as it is epic.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sir Richard Bishop
Tangier Sessions

Some acoustic meditations form Sir Richard Bishop. Tangier Sessions is the new solo outing from the Arizona native. The story goes that he sourced this old as time itself axe in the depths of Europe and proceeded to north Africa for inspiration. Full of classical, flamenco and middle eastern sounds, this is a journey into the spirit of acoustic guitar. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Drag City.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Atomikyla
Erkale

Finnish psych supergroup Atomikyla unites guitarist/vocalist J Vanhanen and bassist T Hietamaki from Oranssi Pazuzu with drummer J Ramanen and guitarist/vocalist V Ajomo from Dark Buddha Rising for a thunderous foray into nightmarish bad trip territory. The quartet take the heaviest elements of both outfits and meld them into a single unstoppable entity on this limited (350 copies) vinyl LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Electric Moon
Inferno

German psychedelic rockers Electric Moon present an official CD release of their 2011 album (previously available on CD-R and LP) which takes the listener on a journey through the mind’s eye and deep into the heart of the universe. Engagingly loose and spacious, ‘Inferno’ evokes the sounds and atmospheres of early Pink Floyd and Amon Duul II.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Julian Cope
Trip Adviser (The Very Best Of Julian Cope 1999-2014)

Julian Cope, he of the infinite interest in all things psychedelic, compiles what he reckons to be his greatest material from the period 1999-2014. Sixteen tracks of Cope! All sorts of madness lies within Trip Advizer (nice title Julian!), which is released on Lord Yatesbury, a spin off of Cope’s own Head Heritage label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

11PARANOIAS
Stealing Fire From Heaven

Some brooding psychedelia full of detours into scratchy guitar riffs and some doom metal style vocals. Stealing Fire From Heaven is a dark place to be full of menacing drums, swirling delay and brooding guitar. 11PARANOIAS create an underworld of angst which grasps you tight and won’t let go.   The double vinyl lp will show off the fantastic artwork of Surrealist Max Ernst nicely.

Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart
Providence College, Rhode Island, April 26th 1975

Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart were childhood friends. Both men viewed music from a different perspective than most - twisted, original, musically adept. Beefheart had fallen out with Zappa after Trout Mask Replica was released, Beefheart accusing Zappa of marketing him as a freak. The Pair reunited for the tour which included the Providence College, Rhode Island, April 26th 1975 gig, finding both artists in scintillating form. They would go on to make Bongo Fury together which was released later that year.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sleep Of Monsters
Produces Reason

From the singer of Babylon Whores, Ike Vil, comes this new occult rock album by Sleep of Monsters, rumoured about but only just released in the UK. With Sami Hassinen on guitar, drummer Pätkä Rantala, and keyboard player Janne Immonen alongside Mäiha on bass and guitar mastery from Uula Korhonen. Vinyl and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Yellow Moon Band
Barehed / Reign


  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Zoltan
Sixty Minute Zoom

Here's an all important delivery of spaced-out, sci-fi prog rock for y'all. Zoltan's 'Sixty Minute Zoom' is unapologetic about its synth-soundtracked fictions and geeky narratives, instead folding them into twenty-minute suites based on dystopian novels from the '20s. Electronic prog rock isn't much cooler than middle-class rock band prog rock -- but it is as fun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

McKay
Into You

‘Tis the season for re-releases here at Norman Records. Into You comes to you from 1978, with swell guitar licks, dreamy riffs and, despite the fact its been aging for over 30 years, a really fresh feel. Although McKay never intended to go big - they only sold the 300 pressings locally and gave them to friends - this record was picked up eventually, and not without reason. It’s tight. Or rad. Far out. You know.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Ellis Island Sound
Divisions

Ellis Island Sound always have to be merging one genre with another, and what results is a musical marriage so preposterous it takes a dude in a suit with a handlebar moustache to pronounce "Well, this is preposterous!" to understand just how preposterous it is. Their last record, 'Regions', was billed as a meeting of Can-inspired krautrock and pulsating Afrobeat, while 'Divisions' apparently absorbs both "motorik and subtropical guitar". Believe what you want to believe, but as always, Ellis Island Sound are investigative, wide-eyed and full of exuberant songs for you to hear.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Gurgles
Summer in the Sun

Bradford based odd fuzzy poppers Gurgles return with a brand new cassette on their own Saltaire Recordings (ah Saltaire - nice innit?). It's produced by MJ from the Hookworms and it is limited to just 30 copies. Not only that, I can safely say that it's the only item we have in stock which comes wrapped in a leaf. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Charles-Eric Charrier
Silver


  • CD (EXPCD014)
  • £12.49 £6.25 (saving: £6.24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

3eese
This Spooky Shit

Spaced-out, electronic rambling from Leeds duo 3eese. Sometimes I worry that in our our age of hyper-availability and exposure there are no more really weird records and then something like this arrives. Modulated cornet playing over John Carpenter-worshipping synths, demonic vocals and drum machines, like some psychedelic mirage. It fills me with hope.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jakob Skott
Taurus Rising + Amor Fati

A fresh mango of positivity from Jakob Skott. Taurus Rising + Amor Fati is a double release from this single man project. You need to understand his love of synths, I mean, he's really, really, really into synths - and drums. Lots of major scale madness, sounding like a mix between Neu!, Holy Fuck and Lightning Bolt's more elated moments. Out on CD from El Paraiso Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pick a Piper / Squalloscope / Love Cult
Split

A 7” vinyl split, the like-minded Pick a Piper, Squalloscope and Love Cult produce a claustrophobic bedroom ruckus held together by shuffling percussion and icy vocals. The tracks are all diverse, but throughout, organic and electronic textures are jumbled together for a surreal, hazy vibe. Lovely screen-printed artwork too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Acid Baby Jesus
Selected Recordings

The Greek psych rock crew have a few more in the vault for y'all with 'Selected Recordings', which collates together all their lost nuggets over the last two years into one neat package. Drenched in all sorts of things to give off a universal distance between the band and their listener, Acid Baby Jesus' music stays up in the sky, with us on the ground, looking up hopefully.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Keys
Ring The Changes

The totally pleasant Keys make psych rock as if it were commissioned by lazy day stoner Mac Demarco himself. 'Ring The Changes' is blissful and easy-going, as evidenced by single "Bad Girls" (which sounds literally nothing like M.I.A.). 'Ring The Changes' doesn't sound all that new, though, its infecting melodies, nostalgic choruses and 60s vocals recalling the Beach Boys and Violent Femmes in equal measure. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Red Kunz
Teeth, Hair & Skin

Interesting-sounding collaboration gathering together the talents of John Sherman and Aaron Beam from heavy-rock heroes Red Fang with Luc Hess and Louis Jucker from noise-rock Swiss types Kunz. Written and recorded in a single beery week, this one is released on Division Records and lands on 18th August. Tracks: Transatlantic The Beggar Four Good Reasons Prisms Teeth, Hair & Skin
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Conrad Schnitzler
Grun

Electronica has a friend in Conrad Schnitzler. The krautrock pioneer has carved out a bit of history for himself being one of the key players in ambient electronic crew Tangerine Dream, and he also played in Kluster with members of the quite bizarre Harmonia. Occasionally, he hid away from the scene to tinker with soe of his own tunes, and 'Grun' is one such example. Originally surfacing in 1981 and containing songs from years before, it's now available through Bureau B. Comprised of two tracks, 'Grun' still offers a plethora of experiments -- you can play the second track at either 33 or 45 RPM. Because, you know, krautrock.

Conrad Schnitzler
Gelb (Bonus Version)

Krautrock's tangerine darling, Conrad Schnitzler, loved to make solo records and then name them after colours, and this was a long time ago, so take that, Weezer. 'Gelb', or yellow to us ignorant Brits, is comprised of recordings from 1974, and shows him out of sorts with a far less disciplined approach -- here, he improvises a bunch of shorter tracks with simple keyboard work.

Ya Ho Wa 13
Savage Sons of Ya Ho Wa

Ya Ho Wa 13 are quintessentially psychedelic. Recorded by members of The Source Family, a far out commune/cult of the type you always imagine when you think of when you picture early 70s cults, only without the enigmatic frontman and spiritual leader Father Yod. Heavily influenced by Neil Young, this is a more conventional record than their weirder LPs. On vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog