Posts Tagged ‘psychedelic rock’

February 8, 2018

Our long time loves, Portugal. the Man, deserved every bit of the Grammy they won for their wildly successful hit single Feel It Still, which we immediately named as one of 2017′s best songs when it first surfaced last March. I do, however, feel conflicted over the fact that the Grammy Awards chose not to include any performances by Portugal. the Man, or by The War On Drugs or The National, either, despite their respective Grammy wins. In fact, there was barely any time set aside for rock music and alt music at all! But we’re still incredibly happy about the wins. Let’s celebrate by watching Portugal. the Man’s music video for their latest single off phenomenal 2017 album Woodstock (the Alaska natives’ eighth full length). Keep On is as much a swaggering brawler of a psych funk inflected alt banger as pretty much every other track on Woodstock. Its edgy video offers a more than ample amount of kinky latex, among other things. Catch Portugal. the Man on tour, details can be found, here. WOODSTOCK can be found, here.

February 3, 2018

Lykke Li surprised us today with a fresh new tune. Though it’s not an original, we’re grateful anytime new Lykke arises. It’s been awhile since she’s released any solo music after dropping some fine tunes as a part of supergroup LIV these past few years. The Swedish indie pop and dream pop darling has recorded a lovely cover of Jim Croce’s 1973 song Time In A Bottle, giving us a taste of 70s psychedelia. A hint of Lucius is melded into Lykke’s usual willowy bewitchment. Download/stream the cover, here. Lykke Li will be performing at a slew of festivals this spring and summer. Dates and events are listed, here. Hopefully, this means some new original music from the indie queen. 

February 2, 2018
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Oakland native Arieh Berl continues to garner growing success with his solo project Pink Skies since his debut ‘Start. End’ half a year ago. In fact, attention has been so swift that some congratulations are in order. The multi-faceted musician, who’s also a member of local indie band Fever Charm, has signed his first record deal with HW&W Recordings, and he’s gearing up to drop Pink Skies’ first EP on the label later this year. Tonight, we groove out to the first single off the EP, an infectiously pumping psychedelic dance and electro-rock song named Reflections. Though we’re still much infatuated with Pink Skies’ prior singles and even his cover of 6LACK’s Gettin’ Old, there’s no doubt that Reflection is his best song to date. It prances and sashays with satin chic aplomb, like Electric Guest meets Broken Bells with extra pizzazz and spring. You’ll be hard pressed not to swing your hips and wag your head to the gallant rhythm of this flashy glittering, wavy rolling tune. Keep up with Pink Skies’ releases on Soundcloud, here, while we await further news regarding his self-titled debut EP.

February 2, 2018
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I’m ebulliently bouncing in my seat right now to the latest from Sego. The Los Angeles based duo deliver some foxy art rock and synthrock on Cigarette Kids with a wry drawl. It’s a droopy curling, whimsically dallying delight of epic proportions. We almost feel like the titular characters, coolly hanging out on the neighborhood corner, playfully tousling each others’ hair and tapping our feet to the boombox we’ve brought along with us. Cigarette Kids is a hazy distorted trip to suburbia, where it provides an escape from the ever mundane. It’s Arcade Fire from The Suburbs gone warped and psychedelic, heady and contorted. Stream Sego’s prior singles via Soundcloud, here.  

January 24, 2018

It’s not even February yet and it’s already been a wild 2018. With the dawning of each new day, a flurry of news and tour announcements has been surfacing. New Zealand psych rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra are responsible for some high spirits this week as they announce their new album Sex & Food and unveil their snarling new single American Guilt, our first taste of the new record. Gloriously growling guitars and fuming vocals endow this blustering anthem, a welcome return from the esteemed band. UMO also announced a tour, with a stop in Oakland at the Fox Theater on May 10th. American Guilt is available, here. Sex & Food’s release date is yet to be announced. 

January 23, 2018
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Palace Winter released their debut album Waiting For The World To Turn last year on Tambourhinoceros (a fine label whose name is always fun to say, hard to spell). The pair from Denmark had caught our attention prior to its release with their flossy warm single Soft Machine. Now, a full year later, life repeats itself as Palace Winter announce their next album Nowadays and share a spacey shimmering, synth droning new single Take Shelter. The introspective psych rock and synth-rock jewel is the lead single from Nowadays, due out May 4th on 2018.

January 16, 2018
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I know I’m truly digging a band when I can’t seem to stop sharing each and every one of their new singles as they appear. Helsinki’s Lake Jons has quickly becoming one of our most regular guests on IHM with their blissful blend of space pop and psych folk. Lake Family is as euphoric a track as the buzzing band has put out, a driving progression of dreamy synths and meditative vocals, embellished with a rambunctious pattern of percussion. It arrives ahead of Lake Jons’ self titled debut album this Friday on AntiFragile Music, which will explore themes of introspection, existentialism, and human relationships, with lyrics detailing a quieter existence. Lake Family can be streamed or purchased from various outlets, here. You can re-visit Lake Jons’ prior releases on Soundcloud, here, as we count down the days to that debut album on Friday.

January 11, 2018

Australia is king when it comes to superb psych rock bands. Tame Impala and Pond are but two of many such celebrated outfits from Down Under. The two literally came together on POND’s last album, The Weather, which was produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. The Weather is getting an expanded digital-reissue soon, off which comes this bonus track, Fire In The Water, for which POND has released a music video today. The clip was directed, filmed, and edited by acclaimed visual artist Kristofski. POND frontman Nicholas Allbrook dances joyously through the streets of Tokyo to Fire In The Water’s spacey spiraling, sleek spinning synthrock and psychedelia. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, POND is postponing their return to the U.S. later this month, which they’ll make up with an expanded tour this spring.  Additionally, the band are pleased to announce that they will perform at Bonnaroo, Boston Calling and Governors Ball. POND’s The Weather is available, here.

January 9, 2018
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Let’s take a woozy trip down psychedelic lane with Stephan Kreussel, an enigmatic bedroom producer and musician from South Africa who suddenly uploaded a collection of inaugural songs onto his Soundcloud just over a week ago. To be honest, we were stuck listening to all of these songs, and we had a very hard time deciding on a track to feature. But we finally decided to hone in on Mermaid, a dreamy chill psych rock and electronica song that channels a fascinating blend of Tame Impala, The Shins, and Homeshake. Mermaid has since racked up an impression amount of streams since we first came across it, but make sure you check out more of the mysterious newcomer’s music below. Stream Why Don’t You Love Me? and The Sweetest Thing, or listen to all of Stephan Kreussel’s fine tunes on Soundcloud, here.

January 9, 2018
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His latest single is named Nebraska, but as we know from our past encounter with Collin Desha that the solo musician behind Low Hum hails from Los Angeles. He waltzes back onto our radar with his magnificent new track, which, despite his chosen moniker of Low Hum, is no hushed or reticent affair. Hazy psychedelic rock and spacey plush indietronica meld into one another seamlessly on this stunning, gripping etude, a romantically intoxicating, sonorous floating must for fans of Tame Impala, Temples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and other well respected psychedelic outfits. Nebraska can also be streamed via Spotify, here. Listen to Low Hum’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here.