Field Trip to the Moon – ’62 Bullets’

Field Trip to the Moon is the musical project of London-based Manchester native Angela Christofilou, who with band in tow, has a flair for dark, potent – sometimes jagged or dramatic – post-punk infused garage-rock.

Together they released their debut album Something Owed in 2017 and they are back with a new self-titled EP, heralded by lead single ’62 Bullets’; a raw, raucous and thrilling jam. Opening with a catchy, fuzz-drenched riff introducing Christofilou’s raspy vocal before ’62 Bullets’ hurtles off in a blaze of buzzsaw riffs, stomping beats and shredded guitars all basking in a sea of fuzz and distortion. From the off, ’62 Bullets’ is a rip roaring blast of guitar wielding brilliance underpinned by a relentlessly driving beat and fiery energy, and whirlwind of fuzz, that is utterly irresistible.

Listen to the brilliant ’62 Bullets’ below and check out the new EP here.

Introducing: Ford Corl

With a decade’s worth of work already to his name, Ford Corl’s new record, The Dumb Album, is the culmination of four years graft.

Corl’s calling card is a heady brew of starry-eyed indie-rock with shoegaze and psych brushstrokes; as demonstrated by ‘Day Goes On’ and ‘Vitamins’ – both lifted from the new record.

‘Vitamins’ is a crunching yet melodic blast of fuzz-filled, lo-fi leaning indie. Guitars fizz, fuzz and buzz amid a sea of dream-like hazy distortion and infectious reverb while all strewn with hooks you could hang your hat on. It slinks and swaggers on it melodic meander as the straining vocal echoes through the shimmering haze – a tantalising taste of Ford Corl at his most catchy. While not born from a similar hook heaven, ‘Day Goes On’ is captivating but offers a more groove focussed side to Ford Corl’s psych-rock explorations. An exhilarating seven-plus-minutes, it is spearheaded by a relentless motorik groove and droning synth which cuts through the mist of swirling fuzz and distortion as melodic vocals float into view of the bustling guitars and buzzing riffs. An all consuming, immersive and hypnotic jam, and one that reveals itself even more enticing, intriguing and dynamic upon further listens.

Tune in to ‘Day Goes On’ and ‘Vitamins’ below and if they are to your liking, why not check out the new record here.

Thousand Foot Whale Claw – ‘The Garden from Above’

Thousand Foot Whale Claw are an Austin-based instrumental quartet who deal in propulsive, krautrock inspired sonic escapism. 

This foursome fuse elements of psych-rock, krautrock and minimal electronica into seductive, transfixing and cosmic jams – as evidenced by mesmerizing latest single ‘The Garden from Above’. It is uplifting and bewitching, and is awesome in the truest sense of the word as layers of lavish synths glisten while effects-driven guitar shimmer as beat and bass merge seamlessly below the warm, seductive and expansive sonic wonder. ‘The Garden from Above’ is both beautiful and mesmerizing, a song to truly get lost in.

Listen to ‘The Garden from Above’ below:

The Budos Band – ‘Long In The Tooth’

Staten Island outfit The Budos Band celebrate 20 years together this year and will mark it with forthcoming new album, Long In The Tooth, out on October 9th via Daptone.

In that time the 8-strong outfit have carved a special place on the musical landscape with their timeless psych-infused soul and funk, and an enviable love of groove. Ahead of the new record comes lead single ‘Long In The Tooth’ which says more about them than I can, more succinctly too, in just over three-and-a-half-minutes. It is a super smooth jam that saunters along a seductive groove while rugged riffs and breakbeats cut through the sea of fuzz and warm organ hum as menacing horns swoop in from above. ‘Long In The Tooth’ is a thrilling and pulsating powerhouse of rhythmic fervour that is totally irresistible and will leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Listen to ‘Long In The Tooth’ below – and keep an eye put for the new album come October.

By The Sea – ‘The Let Downs’

Wirral outfit By The Sea have long been favourites around these parts. Both their self-titled debut and follow-up Endless Days, Crystal Sky are utterly brilliant and bewitching records filled with melodic psych-pop songs, illuminated by drifting, dreamlike atmospherics, jangling guitars and beautiful dreamy vibes.

Close to six years on from the release of the latter, By The Sea have returned with ‘The Let Downs’ lifted from the forthcoming album Heaven Knows Magnolia – double good news. The new single continues and expands upon their penchant for wistful and heartfelt dreamy indie-pop. ‘The Let Downs’ waltzes slowly through a haze of elegant fuzz and ethereal air as a steady drum beat and twinkling groove join world-weary vocals in bewitching us entirely with an overwhelming and heart swelling sense of melancholy and longing. It is an exquisite, transfixing and deeply moving return, and just the sort of wistful, introspective and smouldering emotive powers we come to love from By The Sea.

You can listen to ‘The Let Downs’ below – hopefully we’ll have more news on the new album soon.


Video Premiere: Tomorrows – ‘Night Boat to Franklin’

Trading in psych, prog and pop, Dublin outfit Tomorrows have been treating our ears to wonky psychedelic pop songs for half a decade now, and back in February (that feels like a long time ago now) they released their stellar third album, The Night Chorus Part 2.

The core of the band, Conor Deasy, Ben Shorten, Michael Murphy, and Jethro Pickett, were joined by Will Whyte on drums, Ruth Kennington on synth and Julian Banks & Aran O’Grady on saxophone with a wonderful, wonky and beguiling record the outcome.

The latest single to be lifted from The Night Chorus Part 2 is album opener ‘Night Boat to Franklin’ – a woozy, meandering and lush slice of seductive cosmic pop – and it is my absolute pleasure to bring you the premiere of the video. 

Film maker Ursula Woods and Jethro from the band live on the edge of the world in Glaziers Bay Tasmania. Their house, an old apple shed turned livable cabin, sits on poles in the Huon River. ‘Night Boat to Franklin’ is a song that was written and partly recorded there when Conor visited them in 2019.

A beguiling, lush, neo-psychedelic beauty, the track bubbles along an undulating groove, dripping with melody and plenty of off-kilter sax appeal – ‘Night Boat to Franklin’ captures some of the river energy that can only be experienced at the dusk of day.

The video was made when Ursula and Jethro were isolating after returning from Ireland in March 2020. With a real sense of cabin fever, they literally took the boat out and headed for Franklin.

On the journey there was an eerie scene in the sky that particular day as Forestry Tasmania were burning large areas of woodland. The flames and smoke were hanging heavy in the sky with the freezing winter waters below. Upstream, the boat choked and came to a complete still. Ursula kept the camera rolling during the rescue, the video is what it is. Anything can happen on a Night Boat to Franklin.

Check out the video below and if you haven’t done so already, give The Night Chorus Part 2 a spin here.

El Levtchenko – ‘Hopeton Overton’

We were introduced to Brazilian / American pairing El Levtchenko and their lush, sun-kissed and world encompassing sonic distillations earlier in the summer.

El Levtchenko’s sound is magpie like in the best way possible, their compositions borrow from a world of influences; there’s Cuban guitar music, a touch of hip hop, some Middle Eastern and African influences, funk and soul, and a whole lot of beautiful psychedelia. Their latest single is ‘Hopeton Overton’ and like its predecessor ‘Sunday Social’, has a suitably seasonal sound. A sort of a funk and dub fusion, ‘Hopeton Overton’ brings all the good vibes as it slinks and swaggers along a super seductive groove as a guitar chirps, ripples and twangs amid the hazy, dub-esque echoes. It is a catchy, feel good and vibrant jam that will work its way into your psyche and leave you all the better for it.

Check out the sunny delights of ‘Hopeton Overton’ below:

Bee Bee Sea – ‘Gonna Get Me’

Italian garage-psych trio Bee Bee Sea specialize in loud, propulsive and guitar-driven psych infused garage rock stompers – something patently clear from their latest single ‘Gonna Get Me’, taken from their upcoming new album ‘Day Ripper’ which is due on October 9 via Wild Honey Records.

Following along the same lines as previous single ‘Daily Jobs’, new one ‘Gonna Get Me’ is a wildly addictive blast of scuzzy, hyperactive and incredibly catchy garage rock. The Italian trio combine their trademark upbeat, frantic and frenzied tempo with sunny vibes, cheery melodies and huge hooks; all bathed in a haze of warm fuzz and distortion. This is, like ; ‘Daily Jobs’ before it, hugely addictive stuff – but the kind of addiction that leaves you better for it.

Tune in to ‘Gonna Get Me’ below:

Colorama announce new album; shares ‘And’ & ‘Dusty Road’

Following a break of three years, Colorama is back with news of a new album, Chaos Wonderland, which will be released July 31, 2020.

Now, three years isn’t an unusually long gap but Carwyn Ellis, the brains behind Colorama, has spent the intervening time focused on his other Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 and in doing so released last year’s finest record; Joia! (Welsh psych meets Brazilian pop).  Back on Colorama duties Ellis has teamed up with American producer Shawn Lee for the new record and in advance of its release at the end of the month, have share two sublime cuts to get us in the mood. First up, ‘And’, is a shimmering, slo-mo 60s-inspired psych-soul groover. It gently swaggers along a super seductive groove while hushed, hazy vocals drift above the distorted guitar shimmerings, bittersweet organ, and cymbal-heavy drums. Meanwhile ‘Dusty Road’ is just a big on the grooves while psychedelic & spaghetti western in tone. It gentle bobs along a groovy beat, fuzzy guitar strum and sitar twang while the hazy melodic vocals drift breezily above. Amid the twangy haze there emanates a sense of dangerousness and outlaw vibes.

Two magnificent reasons to be excited for ‘Chaos Wonderland’ on July 31, 2020.

Khruangbin – ‘So We Won’t Forget’

Texan trio Khruangbin – Laura Lee Ochoa (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald “DJ” Johnson (drums) – are peerless sonic sorcerers who borrow from a world of influences.

There’s is a colourful coming together of different sound, genres, cultures and era; there is funk, soul and hip hop, some Latin, Middle Eastern and Asian influences and a whole lot of beautiful psychedelia.

Having only recently been converted to their neo-psychedelic ways – more specifically their stunning 2018 record Con Todo El Mundo – it is exciting to discover Khruangbin have a new album Mordechai, primed for June 26. Ahead of the new record, the trio have shared ‘So We Won’t Forget’.It is a super smooth jam that saunters through the sunburned haze as jangly guitar intertwines with a funky bass line and jazzy rhythms, while Ochoa’s breezy vocals elevate us to next level dreaminess. ‘So We Won’t Forget’ is an undeniably beautiful track filled with hazy psych vibes, seductive grooves and dreamy, escapist allure.

You can listen to ‘So We Won’t Forget’ below, and while you’re at it, check out Con Todo El Mundo – you won’t be disappointed.