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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.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Motorpsycho
Roadwork Vol. 2

The second part of Motorpsycho’s live compilation series, Roadwork Vol. 2, captures the band live at the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 1995. An odd place for them to play, perhaps. However, they accepted the invitation of fellow Norwegians, The Source, a free Jazz combo who clearly felt that Motorpsycho’s psych/prog explorations would suit some far out augmentation. 180g blue coloured vinyl LP or CD on Rune Gramafon. Limited to 500 copies.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Wovoka Gentle
Start Clanging Cymbals

Wovoko Gentle are an odd proposition, meshing rustic twang with wildly manipulating electronics, both clashed against one another with a sly and comical type of political critique. It’s an odd sound to get your head around, fusing approached which on paper seem entirely incompatible. ‘Start Clanging Cymbals’ comes to us via the Nude label.

HOO
Centipede Wisdom

HOO (standing for Holton’s Opulent Oog) is an intriguing collaboration between Nick Holton, songwriter with Black Hearted Brother, and former Slowdive member Ian McCutcheon. Their first album Centipede Wisdom offers droning guitars and swirling synth textures framed in fluid, freeform structures. 

You Said Strange
Fuzz Club Session

Psych/shoegaze band, You Said Strange, had tunneled around the French underground before coming up to the surface, before embarking on a tour with The Dandy Warhols, and subsequently having their debut album, Salvation Prayer, produced by Warhols multi-instrumentalist, Peter Holmstrom. Now they’ve added their name to an increasingly impressive roster of artists recording Fuzz Club Sessions, recording at Lovebuzz studios in London.

FARIDA
Shoot / Last Waltz

FARIDA is the solo project of Jenny Faridas who is releasing their first 12", 'Last Waltz/Shoot'. Their past releases have combined spoken word vocals and droning instrumentation to create a sound that's both dark and intense. This new single looks to have upgraded this sound to include 'jagged guitars' and 'hypnotic' drums; what a treat. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
And Now For The Whatchamacallit

As you can possibly imagine, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are from Australia and play exuberant psychedelic rock. They've been wowing audiences everywhere for the past year or so and now it's time for the debut album proper extravaganza. Expect manic psych thrills and raucous off kilter rock explosions. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
Lullabies For Catatonics: A Journey Through The British Avant-Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967-74

Presented over three CDs in a special ‘clamshell’ box set, the Grapefruit imprint’s latest exploration of the various off-shoots of British psychedelia turns to the avant-garde pop / art-rock scene of 1967 to 1974. Lullabies For Catatonics spans everything from early Bowie to the so-called Canterbury Scene, and includes three previously unreleased tracks. 

Makoto Kawashima
Homo Sacer

Makoto Kawashima’s 2015 LP Homo Sacer gets its first ever vinyl pressing courtesy of Black Editions. This record was the final catalogue entry for acclaimed Japanese rock/experimental label P.S.F., and it proves to be a fitting swan song for Hideo Ikeezumi’s endeavour. The two pieces on Homo Sacer are free saxophone improvisations by turns piercing, pretty and pained.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Sacred Dreams

Psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation used to call beautiful Stockholm their home but now they've relocated to stinking London and developed round them a gang of London hotshots. It will be interesting to hear how this has affected their sound  - Josefin herself goes rambling all over the place trying to explain what is at the hub of the record. I'm still no clearer - safe to say though that we'll hear plenty of deep space rock vibes and vintage electronic pulses.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part Two

Anyone else singing Hallelujah Mystic Garden to the tune of ‘Solidarity Forever’? Just me? Scabs the lot of you. Anyway, the bugged-out psychedelia of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is exactly the sort of decadence that flies in the face of the international socialist project. Following on from 2018’s Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part One, Part Two fronts up two proggy disco numbers, one of which is a new rendering of AMT fan-fave ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’. The Acid Mothers united will never be defeated.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Astralasia
A Different Kettle Of Fish

Hello Fruits de Mer fans, you know who you are. And you probably already know what this is. But for the uninitiated, Marc Swordfish as Astralasia has a long relationship with the fishy label. A Different Kettle Of Fish contains 2LPs of his work that didn't make it on his albums including remixes of other artists on the label. Features takes on The Chemistry Set, Superfjord, Sendelica and more. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (strange fish fifteen)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Chris Forsyth
All Time Present

There are lists of guitarists in the history of rock, often called Steve or Joe, who can play all of the notes at once time in 11/8 time, but y’know that their albums aren’t that great. Chris Forsyth has the guitar chops to rival any man, but he also makes good albums. All Time Present is his latest expansive, psychedelic effort. On No Quarter.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Jack Waterson
Adrian Younge presents Jack Waterson

Is there anything Adrian Younge won't present? I'm yet to find something, but do let me know if you have any luck. On Jack Waterson Younge and Waterson marry their expertise in hip hop and psychedelia to make a record that is worthy of a press release that mentions acid. Think Tame Impala with breakbeats. On Linear Labs.

Bill Baird
Arthur King Presents Bill Baird: Owl

Arthur King is not a person but an L.A.-based music and art collective. They have been curating a series of experimental albums by a bunch of cool artists. Their latest offering is by Austin, Texas musician Bill Baird. The album is called Owl. Baird dabbles in various  experimental psychedelic versions of folk and pop. Here he stretches his psychedelic reach further and delves into the world of krautrock. It’s likely to leave you grinning like an idiot. On Dangerbird.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Black Mountain
Destroyer

Stephen McBean from Canadian psych-rockers Black Mountain learned to drive recently. This has inspired him to call the band’s new album Destroyer, their fifth, after a Dodge Destroyer built in 1985 when McBean was at the age he was originally eligible to learn. By all accounts, he is now a bit of a boy racer. On Jagjaguwar.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Skinny Pelembe
Dreaming Is Dead Now

Skinny Pelembe’s debut album, Dreaming Is Dead, mixes dub, hip-hop, sun-drenched folk and blissed-out soul. Giles Peterson has championed the Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised artist. James Lavelle and Ghostpoet have also been singing his praises. The album was produced by Malcolm Catto of Heliocentrics. If you like Massive Attack, this is probably for you. LP and CD on Brownswood Recording.

Wand
Laughing Matter

L.A.’s psychedelic rock sons, Wand, return with their 5th album, Laughing Matter. Despite the Ty Segall connections (Evan Burrows and Corey Hanson played in Segall’s backing band The Muggers), They seem to be moving away from a fuzzed-out rock sound to more contemplative Radiohead-ish territory. Plenty of experimentation going on, so all is good. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Weird Omen
Surrealistic Feast

Weird Omen are a trashy garage/rock ‘n’ roll band from France. Whilst they don’t like to be compared to other bands, and generally can’t be compared, mentioning bands such as Morphine, New York no wavers James Chance and The Contortions, The Kinks and The Cramps may give you a useful insight into what you’re about to hear. Surrealistic Feast is their third album. LP and CD on Dirty Water.

Klaus Schulze
Next of Kin

The deep library that is Klaus Schulze’s catalogue grows a little larger with this release, which answers the question that many Shulze-heads have asked over the years: did he create an original soundtrack to the 1982 film Next Of Kin? In fact he did, though the score was never used or heard… Until now! This thought-lost music has been brought back, remastered, and presented to us at last. Via The Roundtable.

Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 1

Vinyl re-issue of the Summer Sessions series by Danish instrumental psych- / stoner-rock band Causa Sui, originally released between 2008 and 2009 and with the aid of saxophonist Johan Riedelow, which defined the group’s sound. Highlights from Vol. 1 include the massive 24-minute ‘Visions of Summer’ that takes up the entire first side! 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 2

Vinyl re-issue of the Summer Sessions series by Danish instrumental psych- / stoner-rock band Causa Sui, originally released between 2008 and 2009 and with the aid of saxophonist Johan Riedelow. Vol. 2 includes Riedelow’s free jazz freakout on ‘Rip Tide’ and the spaghetti-western flavours of 'Cinecitta'.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Causa Sui
Summer Sessions Vol. 3

Vinyl re-issue of the Summer Sessions series by Danish instrumental psych- / stoner-rock band Causa Sui, originally released between 2008 and 2009 and with the aid of saxophonist Johan Riedelow, which defined the group’s sound. Complete with fresh packaging from El Paraiso, Vol. 3 includes the swirling heat-haze of ‘Venice By the Sea’.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Papir
VI

On 'VI' -- sooo psych guys, thumbs up! -- the trio of Copenhageners calling themselves Papir continue to ply us with their blend of blissed-out psychedelic rock mixed with Kraut stylings. Epic, hypnotic, and drenched in reverb. Of course. A grand total of 4 songs on this record, but who's counting? Available in 180-gram transparent vinyl LP and CD versions, on Stickman records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Six Organs of Admittance
Burning The Threshold

The inside of Ben Chasney’s head must be like a forest. His music sounds like a brave guitar player treading through a maze of brown branches and red leaves, never breaking his pace. The result is, invariably, an album full of hypnotizing songs, and Six Organs of Admittance’ latest is no exception. Burning the Threshold features guest musicians on vocals, drums and keys, but the sound is unmistakable: uncompromising, almost tribal, acoustic music.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Dommengang
No Keys

Fronted by guitarist Dan ‘Sig’ Wilson, something of a hired gun for indie groups of the Pacific Northwest for years, Dommengang re-assemble for a third album. Choosing to record with veteran indie producer Tim Green, the trio tried to capture the essence of their excellent live shows on No Keys, channelling the psychedelic aspects of their garage-rock into something darker and even more intense. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Pistol Disco
Organs & Drums / Beat Of The Tune

Track one from this 7-inch, Organs & Drums, doesn't actually contain too many organs and drums. Track two, Beat of the Tune, does. It confused me when I first listened to it. I digress. This wonderful 7" from Germany-based Alexander Palmestål and Sweden-based Mikael Enqvist is different from the type of music they usually produce, but is still worthy of any German and/or Swedish music collection*. Released on Hoga Nord.      *not exclusive to German and/or Swedish music collections. 

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
Massacre Of The Celestials

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate present their fourth album of gnarly fun, the grandly-titled Massacre Of The Celestials. The hefty backbone of this album is psych-rock, with that drawling vocal, those propulsive rhythms and that sweet fuzz, but this is also a group happy to let a single weird sound play alone for more than a minute and let their organ squeal all over the shop. Good stuff! On Cardinal Fuzz.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Black Angels
Passover

The Black Angels are a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. Passover is their debut album. The band describe themselves as playing “Native American drone ‘n’ roll”. This psych-rock classic is available on a limited edition cassette of 1500 hand-numbered copies in a custom made stoughton tip-on box.

Hibushibire
Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!

Everyone knows that the best, most gnarliest psychedelic-rock comes from Japan: accept no imitations. So the arrival of Osaka trio Hibushibire’s second album Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out! is a cause for celebration, especially with Makoto Kawabata himself manning the production desk! Vivid, guitar-driven freakouts, with three tracks on side one and one big monster on side two.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Smoking Acid

Another one of those brilliant 12"s on non-album tracks from the always entertaining the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Anton Newcombe was so full of ideas at the time that he simply had to go to Iceland to record this EP. it's full of schizoid and unhinged psych rock and is as essential any other of their work. Thankfully he runs his own label these days so all of these curios stay in print.  

The Mystery Lights
Too Much Tension!

Very scrappy and committed punk rock from The Mystery Lights. For WICK (a Daptone subsidiary), the band release their second album Too Much Tension! This is a record that moves like a cannon, barrelling through while drawing on the likes of The Kinks and Television. Best is the lead singer's powerful yelp that acts as guide to the the songs. 

Teeth Of The Sea
Wraith

New one from genre-manglers Teeth of The Sea, ‘Wraith’ is the long awaited follow up to 2015’s brilliant ‘Highly Deadly Black Tarantula’. If first cut ‘Hireath’ is anything to go by, then the group are on stellar form, fusing battle-ready dub bass with stuttering drums and horns that blare wildly in opposition with each other. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Hawkwind
Space Ritual

The crowning achievement for space rockers Hawkwind, Space Ritual captures a blistering live show from 1972. Rhino bring this monstrous double LP back to vinyl again. These extended freak-out jams, complete with spoken word sections, screeching riffs and berserk electronic breakdowns are how Hawkwind are meant to be experienced.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Jimi Hendrix and his Experience released their last studio album Electric Ladyland an entire half of a century ago. Any of the 321 pressings of this album archived on Discogs that you may have are now obsolete because here’s the ultimate, the one to reign supreme... at least till the 51st Anniversary. Freshly remastered and buffed with early versions and other unheard studio outtakes, a bluray documentary, a 48-page colour booklet with lyrics, poetry and essays, and, ohhh yes, the 5.1 surround version of the album we all need. It also sports the cover art that Jimi actually originally wanted, so that’s a plus as well.

Flamingods
Levitation

Flamingods aren't just any old psych rock band. For this their second full length album they have soaked themselves in the vibes of the disco funk and psychedelic sounds which came out of the Middle East and South Asia in the 1970s. This has resulted in an uplifting and sun-drenched brand of exotic psychedelia aimed at getting people dancing.  
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Chocolate Watchband
This Is My Voice

Legendary Californian garage rockers The Chocolate Watchband formed in 1965. They released three albums, split up and reformed then split up again. That was 1970. They reformed in 1999 releasing one studio album and a live album. In 2013 they got back together to record a new album. Six whole years later we have that album - This Is My Voice. It seems they needed to come back to tell Trump what they think of him. LP and CD on Dirty Water.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Various
The 16th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus Festival Live

The 16th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus was a music festival held at the behest of Fruits De Mer records and Sendelica in a basement in Cardigan. Though attempts were made to preserve the whole affair, some ghosts got in the machine and got in the way. What you can hear are the likes of Elfin Bow, The Fertility Cult and Consterdine in as close to their natural habitat as you can get. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (winkle 36)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Justo Bagüeste & Suso Saiz
Inducing The Pleasure Dreams V2

Inducing The Pleasure Dreams is an album with high aims: it wishes to bring the listener into a dream state, but only in a good way. Justo Bagueste and Suso Saiz were asked to perform the 1995 original album in 2016, but chose instead to create something new within the same mindspace, with a few samples supporting a suite of fresh meditation. V2 is released by Geometrik.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Forgotten Graves

Ooh they love a 10" don't they? Two new tracks from the ever fruitful the Brian Jonestown Massacre including 'Forgotten Graves' which is exclusive to this release and has been written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first world war. Over on the flip is  “Tombes Oubliées” which has been culled from their forthcoming self titled LP (their second of 2018).  

Popol Vuh
The Essential Album Collection Vol. 1

Prog rock-electronica outfit Popol Vuh probably reside in the shadows of Can and Neu when it comes to staking their claim as the most influential ‘70s band to come out of Germany in the 1970s. Nevertheless, they are still trailblazers when it comes to the use of the Moog synthesizer. They also hit it off with German filmmaker Werner Herzog, recording soundtracks to several classic films. 'The Essential Album Collection Vol. 1' includes; 'Affenstunde' (1970), 'Hosianna Mantra' (1972), 'Einsjäger & Siebenjäger' (1974), 'Aguirre' (1976), 'Nosferatu' (1978) 2LP.
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  • BMG
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Gluts
Dengue Fever Hypnotic Trip

Third LP from Milanese rockers The Gluts here. The thing’s called Dengue Fever Hypnotic Trip. It’s out on Fuzz Club, a label that has previously released records by acts with names like Sonic Jesus and The Underground Youth. Yep, that’s right - you better believe that this is some loud-as-hell psych-rock we’ve got our hands on here. Dengue Fever Hypnotic Trip will melt faces from 50 feet.
  • Vinyl LP (FC108V12)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Thought Forms
Thought Forms


  • Vinyl LP (INV070LPSP)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Mirage

Mirage, the second full-length from Josefin Öhrn and her group The Liberation, is a psychedelic record that is more interesting and unusual than a whole lot of psychedelic records. Öhrn’s cool vocals and melodic craft bring a Broadcasty touch that is very welcome. Both CD and vinyl editions come dressed in a holographic sleeve! On Rocket.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mr. Ray
Interior

Interior is the debut album from Berlin psychedelic outfit Mr. Ray, which feels like the early ‘70s songwriting aesthetics of Neil Young or Joni Mitchell meeting classic British psychedelia and a ton of reverb. At its best, it’s an absolutely symphonic combination that’ll find favour with fans of classic rock and pop. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Bob Bell
Necropolis

Side one of Bob Bell’s 1978 LP Necropolis is lo-fi scuzzy guitar work-out with motorik rhythms and psychedelic tendencies. It’s reminiscent of ‘90s basement dwellers Cul-De-Sac. Side Two shows a different side to Bob Bell as he takes his saxophone on a free-jazz trip. A beautiful noise. Reissue LP on Telephone Explosion.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Doors
The Doors

There’s so much to be said of The Doors but the only words truly worth listening to are those that the band recorded to wax and there cannot be any better starting point than their eponymous debut album. An electrifying LP with heavy hitters such as Break on Through (To The Other Side) and Soul Kitchen, the LP finishes with eleven brooding minutes of bubbling insanity, and surely the band’s most recognisable track - The End.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Fishing For Fishies

What’s the point in releasing an album every 2-3 years? Why not just release stuff all the time? This certainly seems to be the approach of the weed-fueled Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Fishing For Fishes is their thirteenth album in 7 years. Imagine how many they’ll release if their career lasts as long as The Rolling Stones? Keep it up, guys! On Flightless.
  • Vinyl LP (FLT-048LPX)
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Prana Crafter
MindStreamBlessing

MindStreamBlessing by Prana Crafter AKA Will Sol, is an album that you’ll probably want to make some time and space for. You need to be sitting/lying still to absorb this cosmic psych medicine mixed up from guitar, organ and drums. You should know that from the title though, right? On Cardinal Fuzz.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Altin Gun
Gece

With Altin Gun, first impressions can be deceiving. Despite the unmistakable Turkish rhythms and sounds, the majority of the band are from the Netherlands. Despite the gorgeous '60s/'70s album cover, Gece is a new release following on from their debut, On, which was released last year. But there is no deception in the electric rhythms, bold vocals and gloriously addictive blend of Turkish folk, psych and rock.

Rudolf Abramov
Krass Kontrast

Mini album from machine funk duo Rudolf Abramov. There's is a disparate set of influences, from Turkish disco to krautrock, the result being a kind of dubby EBM. The drums exist in acres of space and the bass is unrelenting in its precision. All seen over by deep and enigmatic vocals. Krass Kontrast is on Hoga Nord.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

NOT to be confused with the group that represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest a decade ago, Dragonfly’s self-titled 1968 album is generally considered to be one of the strangest and heaviest albums ever made. A lunatic, lysergic mixture of proto-metal and psychedelic rock, it’s re-issued here on vinyl with a bonus interview, photographs and two extra tracks. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Black Delta Movement
Preservation

The Black Delta Movement have picked up a little momentum going into their debut LP Preservation. Anton Newcombe and Alan McGee are thought to be fans of the Hull psych-rockers, and the group have toured with Drenge and The Jesus And Mary Chain. It’s easy to see why Newcombe’s a fan - the ten tunes here bear more than a smidgen of influence from The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Oscillation
Wasted Space

London psychedeliacs The Oscillation drop their second LP of the year on Fuzz Club (Lumerians, Sonic Jesus). Wasted Space is a record of slightly proggy space-rock jams that are powered by some cracking work from the rhythm section. The likes of ‘Drop’ drive forward on grooves equal-parts Motorik beat and the cosmic house of Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Tarotplane
First

Baltimore resident PJ Dorsey releases his first album as his solo project Tarotplane. First is a nicely psyched-out journey, with tasty lashings of komische. Guitars are treated and reverbed, tape loops and field recordings filter in and out of the mix, and the results are all-round transportative. LP release on Aguirre.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Overhang Party
Otherside Of

Overhang Party were a ‘90s Japanese three-piece who plied their trade in the psych-rock field. The band consisted of Rinji Fukuoka, Kouji Nishino and Iwao Yamazaki. The band are best described as a mix between The Velvet Underground and avant-garde musician Tony Conrad. Otherside Of, which was originally released in 2000, collects together live recordings made between 1995 and 1999. On Pataphysique.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Papir
Papir

Danish group Papir release their debut LP via Stickman Records (Motorpsycho, The Wedding Present). The long-form instrumental psych-rock jams that make up Papir’s eponymous record are reminiscent of the likes of Fridge and Tortoise. There are strong whiffs of free jazz and electronic rock to the quieter sections of tracks like ‘UNE FRENSAL N-ERIT’.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Kongle
Skogen

From Bergen in Norway come Kongle, one of those fun-time psych-jazz pop outfits that they have now. Skogen is the group’s debut album, and it’s packed full of Norwegian lyrics and stylings, perfect for the Scandinavia-fan in your life. Kongle’s Skogen is released by Blanca Records.
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Evil Blizzard
VILEVILIVE

This live double album captures Evil Blizzard - the Preston band known for their four bassists and fondness for rubber masks - headlining Summer Rock Solstice Festival in 2018. The sound falls in various places between classic heavy metal and positively grizzy sludge - with the bass turned up to 11.

Porcupine Tree
Signify

First released in 1996, Signify is the fifteen-track record from long running prog/psych outfit Porcupine Tree. A genuinely mesmerising affair, the record gives everything an indie-rock album should give- a classic blend of solid guitar riffs and deep, well thought-out drum patterns that align with the records’ time-period.

Popol Vuh
Aguirre

After 40 years, Popol Vuh’s 1972 soundtrack to Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, released originally in 1975, is available to the public again. This release of the hypnotic and engrossing soundtrack to that dystopian and intense film shows how good the music was: uplifting with an underlying sense of dread, but, thankfully, not as terrifying as Klaus Kinski. Also features a bonustrack.
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  • BMG
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  • BMG
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
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  • BMG
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Velvet Underground
1969

This reissue of The Velvet Underground’s 1969 feels like walking into a living room full of old friends. All the favourites are there, drink in hand: “I’m Sticking with You”, “Rock and Roll” and “Andy’s Chest”, but they’ve changed a bit, as old friends do. There’s original mixes taken from the infamous tour of 1969 as well as rare instrumentals, alternate versions and mixes from 2014 never before pressed into vinyl. 
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  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Fixity
No Man Can Tell

Sophomore LP from Dan Walsh’s Fixity project here. As it was on previous Fixity offerings like The Things In The Room, No Man Can Tell finds Walsh teaming up with a number of session jazzers for a set of highly original jazz-adjacent improvisations. Doom-jazz, free music, stoner metal and the large-ensemble spiritual experiments of artists like Horace Tapscott are all at work here. It makes No Man Can Tell an unusual and intriguing listen.

Fixity
The Things In The Room

Dan Walsh was busy in 2016. One of the four records released by the Irish musician under his Fixity name was The Things In The Room, an LP tracked in Sweden with three other musicians. These improvisations are highly potent doom/free-jazz numbers that touch on everything from Melt Yourself Down to Free Nelson Mandoomjazz. Released through Penske Recordings.

Stereocilia
The Silence That Follows

So what John Scott does when he’s in Stereocilia mode is make a bunch of loops, drones and textures out of his electric guitar until he ends up with these really dense soundscapes. It’s a trick that he repeats on his excellent new LP The Silence That Follows. Anyone familiar with Cankun will know what we’re on about. There’s a bit of Tangerine Dream to this thing as well.
  • Vinyl LP (DRR023)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Bevis Frond
New River Head

New River Head was the 7th release by The Bevis Frond. It is regarded as the best album to buy to get into their sprawling back catalogue as it juxtaposes melodic genius on songs such as He’d Be A Diamond with psych-rock wig outs on the 17-minute Miskatonic Variations II. Both are typical examples of the Bevis Frond sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Weyes Blood
Titanic Rising

Winning the award for most confusing, convoluted press release of the decade is the new album from Weyes Blood. It turns out her fourth album is influenced by things as disparate as Bob Seger, madrigal choirs, Hoagy Carmichael and scholar Joseph Campbell. It's also influenced by the Titanic -  a boat which sunk once. Her last album was just great so here's hoping those array of influences allow something equally magical here.  

Steven R. Smith
A Sketchbook Of Endings

Steven R. Smith presents his first solo album under his own name (rather than as Ulaan Markhor or Ulaan Passerine) in eight whole years. A Sketchbook Of Endings is a suite of fifteen instrumental pieces that manage to establish whole worlds in mere minutes. Lots of semi-abstract guitar and big sweeping moods. On Soft Abuse.

Frank Zappa
Zappa In New York

Dramatically expanded editions of Frank Zappa’s double live album Zappa In New York, recorded over four nights in late December 1976 at The Palladium. New listeners can hear the set in audiophile quality, while old fans can enjoy the wealth of unreleased live material from Zappa’s vaults for die-hard fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Desert Ships
Eastern Flow

Desert Ships second album, Eastern Flow, is reportedly an impressive mix of Pet Sounds, Autobahn and Serge Gainsbourg whilst adhering to, and improving the band’s dreamwave sound. It was recorded in a few places by a few different people whose fingerprints are on the records of Kate Bush, The Bees and Thurston Moore. It was mixed by Mark Gardener of Ride. LP limited to 250 copies, self-released.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Mary Lattimore & Mac McCaughan
New Rain Duets

Utter beauty is captured on ‘New Rain Duets’, the collaboration between Mary Lattimore and Mac McCaughan. Liquid harp melds seamlessly with an amorphous world of electronics, odd ticks and splatters of dissonance enriching and extending rather than detracting from the aforementioned beauty. It’s a vital collaborative effort.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Laughing Eye
Laughing Eye

Laughing Eye is Hanna Östergren, notoriously a player in both Hills and Träd Gräs och Stenar. This self-titled release is a true stunner, ‘nordic raga’ is the ascribed genre, and it's a perfect fit, not focusing on having a specific sense of direction but open and trance-like - while the sounds themselves feel deeply rooted in Europe.

Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Non Ex Orbis

Third album, and first in ten years from kraut-jazz-rock band Karl Hector & The Malcouns. The band are from Munich, historically fertile ground for krautrock producing the likes of Amon Düül and Popol Vuh. On Non Ex Orbis The Malcouns do their city proud, improvising around their experimental brand of music.
  • CD (NA5184CD)
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Mt. Mountain
Golden Rise

So good they (sort of) named them twice. Mt. Mountain are another Australian band that have found a home at the purveyors of the finest psych-rock, Cardinal Fuzz. The Perth band plough the brooding psych-rock furrow and have toured in support of bands like Boris, Sleep and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Golden Rise is their new and third LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Bong
Thought and Existence

Bong are back baby, presenting two side-long slabs of deep space power. In the three years since they last graced our stereos, Bong have augmented their strategy of crushing riffs and momentous drum rhythms with extra lashings vibes cosmic energy. The second track, for instance, with its superbly portentous Borges-quoting title, is remarkably ‘up’ for Bong. Thought And Existence is out on Ritual Productions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Motorpsycho
The Crucible

We’ve been in a new year for a while now which means it’s about time for a new Motorpsycho album. Just like the band members’ beards, the songs are only getting longer with age, The Crucible needing only three of them to deliver their trademark crazy progressive post-rock that we've come to love over the past 30 years. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Popol Vuh
Nosferatu

Werner Herzog and Popol Vuh had a wonderful and long-running creative relationship, Herzog’s curious cinematic visions matched with Popol Vuh’s exploratory (and consistently beautiful) instrumentals. Nosferatu actually contains two discs, with material that both soundtracked and was inspired by Herzog’s vampire picture. On spooky red and black transparent vinyl.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG

Deafkids
Configuração do Lamento

Configuração do Lamento is the seventh album from DEAFKIDS. Living together in São Paulo, the band’s jam heavy music is a sticky affair and has seen them become a pretty big deal in their native Brazil and they’ve raked up two European tours in their 10 years too. It’s heavy noise, churning bass and grating guitar and it deserves to be played loud.

Art Of The Memory Palace
Dusk At Trellick Tower

New EP from Art Of The Memory Palace, here paying tribute to an icon of Brutalist modernism with Dusk at Trellick Tower. They do seem to primarily draw on the dystopian perspective of Erno Goldfinger’s building, but then that is a great fit when you have so many synths and processed tape loops to play with. Dark but fun, on Static Caravan.

Gary War
Zontag

Zontag is the totally fun 7-inch single from nutjob Gary War. His output could be impressively termed ‘the most obtuse music produced by a member of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Here he jets in-and-out of cosmic zones in pursuit of his twisted and dense pop muse. Perhaps best enjoyed over these short distances, this one is out on Care in the Community.
  • Vinyl 7" (CARE711)
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  • Last copy

Ttotals
Skyview Drive

Skyview Drive is the latest record from Nashville band Ttotals (not a typo). On it they explore their notion of "The Outer Blues", that is a sense of the blues more holistic than just its musical signifiers. For their blues, Ttotals are not afraid to be deep and patient and bold. On Great Ape Records.
  • Vinyl LP (GAR01)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Vibracathedral Orchestra
Unnatural With Pain-Relief

Yet more essential action from the revived Vibracathedral Orchestra. One side is a beautiful resonant jam (I mean, pretty much all VCO meets that description, but this is extra lovely), and on the other we hear the quartet going full throttle at Cafe Oto with assistance from actual drum demon Chris Corsano. Yes! On Krayon Recordings.

Hawkwind
Hawkwind

Hawkwind’s eponymous debut from 1970 is credited with being one of the first space-rock albums. Their mix of psychedelic and prog rock was just, well, far out. This was Hawkwind a couple of LPs before Lemmy got involved. It was produced by guitarist Dick Taylor who hooked up with the band after leaving ‘60s rockers The Pretty Things. 180g vinyl LP on Music On Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

The Honey Pot
Bewildered Jane

With a name like The Honey Pot you’d expect them to be some forgotten ‘60s band or a modern band heavily influenced by the past. They are the latter. They play psychedelic folk rock that is likely to please fans of early Fairport Convention or Mellow Candle. Bewildered Jane is their new album LP and CD on Mega Dodo, CD features bonus track.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Light Conductor
Sequence One

Light Conductor is a pair of modular synthesis dudes, one of whom, perhaps surprisingly, is Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes. Sequence One covers a lot of interesting ground, and feels like more than just modular jamming. A sense of bright meditation, spaced-drone textures and occasional fizzing fuzz blasts. Vinyl release by Constellation.

The Bevis Frond
Vavona Burr


  • Vinyl Double LP (FIRELP452)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Chicago Odense Ensemble
Chicago Odense Ensemble

Chicago Odense Ensemble was a special collaboration between Causa Sui's Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt and members of Tortoise and Isotope217 recorded in 2008. Those long and varied sessions were then edited down to create a kind of dubby jazz fusion. The star of the show is Rob Mazurek who leads the way with the wonderfully pure timbre of his cornet. On El Paraiso Records. 

Pond
Tasmania

Australian psych dudes POND come with the approval of Tame Impala: that group’s Kevin Parker produced this new album. Tasmania is a brightly coloured album that wants you to chill out and come to the party, with a playful vocal and synth style that might remind one of MGMT. Tasmania is released by Marathon Artists.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Richard Pinhas
L'Ethique

Another fine Richard Pinhas reissue! This one, 1982’s L’Ethique, is Richard’s fifth album since concluding Heldon, and the last one he made before a long, decade-plus break from music. A notable album then.  L’Ethique is a spacey, jazzy, rocky experience, with lots of rad instrumental shapes thrown. Plenty of fine synthy action too. Reissued by Bureau B.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Hot Lunch
Seconds

Hot Lunch hail from San Francisco’s Bay Area. They channel proto-metal bands such as Blue Cheer and MC5. Seconds is, believe it or not, their second album. You know what you’re going to get here - high energy, in-your-face, fuzzy rock n roll - and why the hell not, Mothercruncher? It seems, also, that they’ve set themselves on a path to obvious album titles. I look forward to their third album - Dessert. LP and CD on Tee Pee
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant / Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly
Carte Blanche

Karkhana are something of a supergroup, with more Middle Eastern and Mediterranean talent than I can reasonably name. Here they play vivid instrumentals while Nadah El Shazly sings at the core of the sound. On the B-side, the most lordly of the Sun City Girls, Sir Alan Bishop, sets forth along with partner in crime W. David Oliphant for some loud fun. Split LP on Unrock.

Spacemen 3
Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To

Originally released as a bootleg, the recordings here known as Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To are demo recordings from 1986, and they capture the nascent Spacemen 3 well on their way to becoming the psychedelic behemoths they ultimately were. This reissue, for CD and double LP, features remastered audio and is out on Space Age Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog

Cellar Doors
Cellar Doors

Cellar Doors are a band from San Francisco, but they have connections closer to home as they are managed by Stephen Holt of Inspiral Carpets. Their music is rooted in psychedelia with elements of indie rock and post-punk. All-in-all, a melodic, powerful and danceable proposition, I reckon. Their eponymous debut is released on LP and CD via Hear Here.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium
South Of Reality

The psychedelics-fuelled California duo of Sean Lennon and Primus bassist Les Claypool is back after 2016’s Monolith of Phobos with newun South of Reality. Check out that magnificent 1970s sci-fi novel-esque cover art. Self-recorded and self-produced, the songs are sumptuous, lyrical and proggy compositions that go beyond the usual psych reliance on big stoner haze.
  • Genre(s):
  • Psyche / Space / Kraut / Prog