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.

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.

Eoin Dolan – ‘June Hope’

Whenever Galway musician and singer-songwriter Eoin Dolan, one of Ireland’s finest talents as it goes, releases new material it is a great day.

Following on from last year’s Commander of Sapiens – Dolan’s third album to date – new EP June Hope is a gentle, carefully crafted collection of psych-inflected indie-pop. Dolan has a remarkable ability for crafting sci-fi-tinged surf pop, marrying heartbreaking melodies and gentle instrumentation, sadness with beauty and interstellar psych-pop exploration – and this signature sound is all over ‘June Hope’. Breezy, light and thoughtful, it charts a journey from youth to young adulthood through the prism of seasonal change. It is woozy and dreamy as it drifts along a gently waltzing groove flanked by Dolan’s breezy air and twinkly guitar, while radiating a sense of hopeful optimism. As always, Dolan has delivered an absolute treasure.

Listen to the single below and check out the David Boland aka New Pope crafted video – the EP is here too.


SYBS – ‘Cwyr’

Welsh outfit SYBS introduced them and their wares with deliciously catchy debut single ‘Paid Gofyn Pam’ last year, and the Cardiff-based foursome are back with another beauty.

With ‘Cwyr’ (Wax), we find SYBS in a more serious, driven mood. Produced by Stefan Pringle (Adwaith, Estrons, KEYS), this adventure in post-punk and psychedelia is fueled by a relentless rhythmic groove, chugging guitars and flurries of fizzing riffs as it dances along with swagger and explosive energy while deep toned vocals scoot across the top.It is a powerhouse of irresistible rhythms, mighty riffs and hooks you could hang your hat on – a stellar piece of guitar wielding brilliance.

‘Cwyr’ is out now via the every excellent Libertino Records – listen to it below now:

Bee Bee Sea – ‘Daily Jobs’

Italian garage-psych trio Bee Bee Sea specialize in loud, propulsive and guitar-driven psych infused garage rock stompers.

New single ‘Daily Jobs’ encapsulates everything you need to know about their scuzzy, frantic and frenzied sound in just over three minutes. It is a furious assault of frenzied riffs, crunchy guitars, sharp tempo shifts, melodic choruses, euphoric singalongs and whopper hooks all bathed in fuzz and distortion; it is both wildly manic and ridiculously catchy. The latter reflective of the burden of life as it swings wildly and the all-consuming thirst for hope, release and escapism; shitty jobs can be suffocating. ‘Daily Jobs’ a frantic, frenzied of barrage of scintillating riffs, hooks and fuzz; an absolute beast but one that is rather easy on the ear at the same time.

Listen to ‘Daily Jobs’ below:

Junk Drawer – ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’

Junk Drawer have been creating unruly blasts of sonic fury since 2016 but the Belfast quartet are releasing their debut album Ready for the House this coming Friday (April 24th) via Art For Blind.

Ahead of the album’s arrival comes new single, and the album’s opening salvo, ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’. Mixing it up with brush strokes of psych, post-punk, 90s indie, shoegaze, psych and post-punk Junk Drawer deliver a sprawling 7 minutes of relentless, frenzied delirium. Opening with a meandering array of slowburning guitars and riffs that melt the heart before subtly drifting away as rampaging rhythm, caustic guitar lines and barrage of relentless roar of searing riffs emerge through a swell of distortion, feedback and psychedelic drones. It is a raw and caustic thriller, an unrelenting electrifying juggernaut of a jam that screeches through serrated layers of sonic energy, squealing distortion and spiraling fuzz. As was previously stated, this is the album opener, and oh my, does this get you in the humour for the album. Yes sir. 

Taken from Junk Drawer’s debut LP Ready For The House, out April 24 via Art For Blind Records.

Ex Norwegian – ‘Jove Was At Home’

Miami Beach psych-rockers Ex Norwegian are spending their 2020 releasing new music almost every Friday, mostly obscure covers of favourites, like this one from Irish psych-folk troupe Dr. Strangely Strange’s 1971 track ‘Jove Was At Home’

The original, a gentle, playful and pristine psych-folk jaunt is afforded an electric make-over into a psych stomper. While retaining the sweetness and melody of the original, this re-imagining it saunters along a swaggering groove and stomping beat amid a heady haze of warm fuzz and distortion as guitars buzz, riffs fizz and fuzz with hazy, nonchalant vocals loom large in the background. A superb and very easy on the ear tune, this is one of the more unusual things to cross my path recently but a welcome one at that. I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Strangely Strange live a few years back (on my Dad’s recommendation who is a big fan) and they were really enjoyable. 

Listen to Ex Norwegian do Dr. Strangely Strange and ‘Jove Was At Home’ below:



bdrmm – ‘Happy’

Hull-based outfit bdrmm have been blurring the lines between ‘90s indie, shoegaze, psych and dream pop since 2018, and dazzling us in the process.

Following on from their debut EP in 2019, bdrmm are now focused on their debut album. Recorded and mixed by Alex Greaves (Working Mens Club, Bo Ningen) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, Beach House) the record is led by new single ‘Happy’. Simultaneously taut and dreamy, ‘Happy’ hares off along a propulsive rhythmic groove with clipped guitar lines and while reverb-drenched vocals float above the shimmering haze of atmospheric splendor. It is whizzes and fizzes by as those guitars glisten amid the glorious cloud of mild fuzz and distortion. An utterly dazzling tune, and one that harnesses its core strength from embracing the combination of seemingly opposites as the lead guitar spirals into the hushed, dreamy vocals and emphatic rhythmic energy.

Listen to ‘Happy’ below – there is no concrete date for the album but expect it sometime later in the year.