Mandalai Lamas – ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life’

Mandalai Lamas are a bustling, buzzing and spirited psych-rock outfit from Halden, Norway.

Currently prepping the release of their debut LP – expected in early 2020 on Big Day Records – they have ramping up expectation levels with a series of singles, the latest of which is the superb, ‘I Don ́t Know What To Do With My Life’. It is a sub-three-minute blast of high energy garage-rock, laced with psych radiance and ragged, raw power. While ‘I Don ́t Know What To Do With My Life’ trashes, screeches and rumbles rumbustiously along, it is supremely catchy,melodic and mashed with hooks you could hang your hat on. It is here the brilliance of their sound lies, as they traverse the space between brash and beautifully catchy they create perfection through imperfection.

Get yourself acquainted with ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life’ below and keep an eye out for their debut LP come the new year:

Sons Of Zöku – ‘Dead Poets’

Sons Of Zöku are psych-rock trio of Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela and Jordan Buck from Adelaide, Australia.

The trio have been making waves in their native Australia (surely the most reliable source of modern psych) with their free-flowing, energetic and colourful explorations. Sons Of Zöku’s latest single ‘Dead Poets’ is a force of nature; not only the finest to date but without doubt, it is one of the standout singles from 2019. It is a colourful kaleidoscopic onslaught of psych-rock; thunderous drums, seductive grooves, colossal riffs, wailing guitars and vocals but tempered by rich and alluring melodies, eastern touches and the beauty of pastoral folk too. With ‘Dead Poets’
Sons Of Zöku have found a perfect balance between thunderous noise and subtle sweetness, and in doing so deliver a masterclass in psych-rock. As a sort of reference point think the meaty marauding stoner rock of Dead Meadow treated with flourishes of Revolver-era Beatles and the radiant euphoria of Screamadelica. 

Listen to ‘Dead Poets’ below – it is a thrilling ride.

$KELETON CLUB – ‘JENDALL KENNER’

Montreal trio $KELETON CLUB strut their way into our lives with a rootsy late-’60s / early-’70s inspired sound.

‘JENDALL KENNER’ is the first single from the Canadian outfit’s forthcoming debut album Death, Love, & Money – expected in August of this year. ‘JENDALL KENNER’ is heavy on the retro ’60s/’70s vibe as is gently grooves along with rumbling chords and basslines, sweetly sang vocals and to-die-for 60s-style pastoral pop harmonies. What we are left with is divine, a place where slo-mo glam-infused rock can coexist on a sonic pasture of zoned out dreamy, psych filled pop. This is the sound of three musicians loving their craft and enjoying themselves in the studio, unperturbed with trends and concocting a timeless and utterly brilliant track in the process.

Listen to ‘JENDALL KENNER’ below:

Zefur Wolves – ‘Flying High’

Welsh fuzzed-up alt-rockers Zefur Wolves have returned with sublime new single ‘Flying High’ following a two year absence.

Not only marking an end to two years radio silence, ‘Flying High’ is also the lead single from the Cardiff-based outfit’s forthcoming album Truth is in the Stars, out on Strangetown Records on 29 March. Produced by Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciaran, ‘Flying High’ is a beautifully melodic slice of sun-kissed and fuzzy alt-rock. Simultaneously darkly moody and exuding positivity, the delightful juxtaposition between jarring distorted guitars and the breezy carefree melodies and Estelle Ios’ (also of Baby Queens) honeyed vocals is seductive and ultimately hypnotic. ‘Flying High’ is a spellbinding and beautiful track and an absolute joy to behold – and one that certainly bodes well for the follow up to their wonderful self-titled debut in 2015

Check out the wonderful ‘Flying High’ below & Truth is in the Stars is out 29 March via Strangetown Records.

Japanese Television – ‘Bloodworm’

A furious fusion of post-punk, psychedelia and krautrock, ‘Bloodworm’ is the new single by British four-piece, Japanese Television.

Recorded by Kristian Bell of The Wytches in an old isolated village hall onto an 8 track tape, ‘Bloodworm’ follows the band’s acclaimed 2018 debut EP, and finds them further exploring the outer reaches of their versatile sound.

‘Bloodworm’ is a furious, fuzzed up trip across a cosmic, kaleidoscopic world – owing as much to post-punk, psychedelia and krautrock to sci-fi, it is whirlwind of exploding colours and exhilarating energy. The pace is unrelenting, frantically clamouring to one frenetic crescendo as another, propelled on the back of breakneck beats, scintillating riffs, off-kilter rhythms and a swirl of demonic organs – forged together, it is delivered with a burning intensity. Frantic, fevered and frenetic; ‘Bloodworm’ is an outrageously brilliant track (and one that is a close relation to one of Wales’ finest sons, Hippies Vs Ghosts).

Listen to ‘Bloodworm’ below, it is out now via Tip Top Recordings.

Brandon Romano – ‘The Last Spaceman’

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Brandon Romano is acoustic indie folk/pop stylist from the US Midwest.

Today’s curio and Romano’s latest single is a sweet, melodic and hazy four-minute psych-tinged sojourn into the mind of a forgotten spaceman. Constructed around a vibrant acoustic strum, Romano utilises a combination of hook, heart and melody which is all draped with his intuitive songwriting and storytelling ability. It is an infectious psych-folk earworm, of contagious arrangements and fluid melody, effortlessly bridging the gap between deeply rich acoustic folk, psych and pure, irresistible pop-craft that reveals Romano a master of style.

Listen to ‘The Last Spaceman’ below:

Lucille Furs – ‘All Flowers Before Her’

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LA-via-Chicago psych-pop quintet Lucille Furs are gearing up to release their new album Another Land in March – ahead of which, they have shared another single ‘All Flowers Before Her’.

Lucille Furs are pretty shameless about their obsession with 1960s pop, rock and psych and ‘All Flowers Before Her’ finds them further mining the era for inspiration – incl. The Beatles, Kinks, Zombies and The Small Faces – and this is in now way a bad thing. ‘All Flowers Before Her’ is a rich, cascading and colourful tune that draws from the combined hues of a stomping groove, infectious buoyant melody, hazy guitar jangle and wonderful backing harmonies, which are all coated in a nice warm layer of fuzz – and presided over by warm, hushed and reverbed vocals. There is even space for a fuzz-fueled guitar romp through the flashback fields of psychedelia’s golden age – this is a wonderfully warm, easy on the ear and jangley delight.

Listen to ‘All Flowers Before Her’ below now & new album Another Land will be released on March 15th.

Dorvin Borman – ‘In A Field So Far Away’

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Dorvin Borman is Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer whose glorious, colourful sound collage is heavily influenced by elements of psych-pop and dream-pop.

Borman has cut his teeth last year as one-third of the hazy dream-pop trio Mama Kokomo – who released the two sublime singles ‘Primavera Feel’ and ‘Valley of Heat’ last year – but standing alone, his new single is ‘In A Field So Far Away’, a dreamy piece of psych-pop soaked in woozy effects that provides a rich and colourful soundscape to indulge in. Opening with fluctuating synth lines and surging drum beat, ‘In a Field So Far Away’ makes its way through a hazy, gauzy world of warped psychedelic textures and frazzled electronics. It is an experimental jam that is ethereal yet propulsive, utilising the full power of its pulsating rhythms, funky, off-kilter bassline and dramatic synths it evolves beyond the beauty and shimmering atmospheric melodies, into something altogether more dancey and groovy. A warm, woozy, dreamy and downright magnificent delight.

Listen to ‘In A Field So Far Away’ below.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’

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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have opened their 2019 account with exhilarating jam ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’; firing on all cylinders, it adds more weight to the claim of being Australia’s latest thrilling psych-pop exports.

Perth four-piece, Jack McEwan (lead vocals, guitar), Luke Parish (guitar), Danny Caddy (drums), Luke Reynolds (bass), have one of the finest and most memorable band names but with their latest, and previous singles ‘Social Candy’ and ‘My Friend’s A Liquid’, they prove they have the tunes to match. ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ is yet another sizzling psych-rock odyssey, that twists and turns through a mix T-Rex glam-rock and proggy vibes, to a more familiar Psychedelic Porn Crumpets space of full-on fuzzed-up guitars, vibrant melodies, divine harmonies and exuberant energy. ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ is a rambling and vividly imaginative aural adventure. In short; it is a cracker. A fine opening to what promises to be an exciting 2019

Feast your ears on ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ below:

The Spiral Electric – ‘The Final Moment’

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San Francisco psychedelic rockers The Spiral Electric are set to release a double LP – produced by Steve Kille (Dead Meadow) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Ian Brown, The Mars Volta) – in March.

In anticipation of the new record, the San Francisco foursome have already released ‘No Bridge Left Unburned’ and ‘A Descent Into the Maelstrom’, and had added a third in the shape of ‘The Final Moment’. The Spiral Electric’s sound is built upon a number of key ingredients; one part soaring melody, one part face-melting guitar, one part orbiting synth, one part incessant danceable groove and a heavy dose of west coast psychedelia – and new single ‘The Final Moment’ is little different. It is fast, organ driven psych onslaught of wild synths, soaring guitar work, meaty riffs and pummeling drums that deliver a rampaging wall of psychedelic sound.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels and Dead Meadow influences loom large here, which isn’t a bad thing and it all certainly suggests positive things for the new album.

You can listen to ‘The Final Moment’ below.