Flaural – “The Thinker”

By Will Oliver, February 23rd 2019

Denver-based psych rockers Flaural have released a string of EPs in the past few years and will follow that up with the release their debut album Postponement on April 19 via Staycation Records. For those looking for a fix of high dosage psych rock with a vintage flair, looking no further than their new single “The Thinker.”

The track blends some high octane guitar riffs and psychedelic production, sounding like a glorious high energy mix between old Tame Impala, Post Animal, and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

As rocking as the track is, it carries some heavy emotional themes. The album was written following a tough period for the band’s Collin Johnson, who tragically lost his dad in 2017 after a long battle with ALS. The track features lyrics such as “Nobody likes when you’re not well / Come up, come up, and feel better now.” and “Unanswered questions still haunt me.” that give this high energy rocker a ton of emotional weight.

Stay tuned for more from the album but for now, blast “The Thinker” as loud as possible below.
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Mystic Braves – “What Went Wrong”

By Will Oliver, September 1st 2018

Los Angeles indie rockers Mystic Braves make the sort of old-school psych-rock that would shut up all those who claim that they don’t make them like they used to. Similarly to bands like Allah-Las, Mystic Braves turn back the clock, embrace old-school songwriting qualities and give it a sun-soaked psych spin that they deliver with their own set of charm.

“What Went Wrong” is such a track, a dreamy psych odyssey that sounds like it could have been released 50 years ago, in the best damn way possible. It’s taken from their new album The Great Unknown, which was released in August via Lolipop Records

Enjoy a stream of “What Went Wrong” below and find the whole album available to grab here.
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MIEN – “Black Habit”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2018

MIEN is the new band comprised of The Horrors’ Tom Furse, The Black Angels’ Alex Maas, Elephant Stone’s Rishi Dhir and The Earlies’ John-Mark Lapham.

They’ll release their self-titled debut album on April 16 via Rocket Recordings and based on its single “Black Habit,” this is a record to keep on the old radar. It’s a trippy take on old-school psych rock that effortlessly blends the various bands and influences that each member brings with them. Interestingly enough “Black Habit” was originally based on a Beastie Boys sample, which only makes the direction that they took it in that much more interesting.

Find a stream of “Black Habit” posted below and preorder the album at their Bandcamp.
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Great News – “Wonderfault”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017 — with 1 comment

Hailing from Norway, Great News are a trio who may trippy psych-pop such as the sweet and groovy offering “Wonderfault.” Fans of Tame Impala will get lost in their sun-soaked psychedelic haze which they deliver in big-time fashion and deliver the goods in winning fashion.

“Wonderfault” is the title track for their debut album which will be released on February 18, 2018. For now, pretend it’s summer and let this bad boy rip. It’s available to stream below and purchase on iTunes.
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Them Jones – “Grow”

By Will Oliver, December 29th 2017

Philadelphia-based psych rockers Them Jones tap into a nice retro psych-rock sound on “Grow” which has a bit of the Allah-Las revival rock sound to it for sure.

It’s the title track from the band’s second album which was released this summer. The band say that the track is “an earnest attempt to blend the sparkle and reverb of psych-pop with the grit and bite of garage rock. Well, guys, it’s safe to say that you’ve succeeded with this one as that’s exactly what it does and then some.

“Grow” is available to stream below and the whole entire album can be heard and bought on their bandcamp page.
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Raindrop – “Only Hope”

By Will Oliver, December 10th 2017

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Raindrop is headed by Miles Devine, formerly of the now defunct psych rock band Regular John. After asking a few musician friends to join him, along with produced SPOD, Raindrop was born.

Next year Raindrop will release their debut album Mild Meltdowns and today we are sharing one of it’s singles, “Only Hope.” It’s hard to mention an Australian psych-rock offering without some comparisons to Tame Impala, as Raindrop’s navigation of the psych rock scene has a lighter touch for sure but one that certainly leaves an impression.

We will have to wait on the rest of the album, but for now we can enjoy “Only Hope,” which I have posted as a stream below.
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Mind The Journey – “Rose Colored Glasses”

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2015

Mind The Journey

Mind The Journey is the project of Boston-based psychedelic dreamer Spencer Sabo.

Sabo is gearing up the release of his new album Color In The Gray Machine for a release next year on January 5. His stab at dreamy psych-rock kicks off with a bit of Tame Impala-esque drums, with vocals that remind a bit of Kasabian. The breathy synth interludes once again remind of the trippier moments from Tame Impala, all resulting in a exciting multi-layered journey.

Stream “Rose Colored Glasses” and stream another track called “Boats” over at his bandcamp page.
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Absolutely Free – Beneath The Air

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2014

Absolutely Free

Absolutely Free are a Toronto trio well describe their sound as “astro-beat.” Very awesome, indeed. On October 12 they will release their self-titled debut album on Lefse Records. It’s quickly become one of my most anticipated records of the fall.

“Beneath The Air” is a hypnotic track that just floats on positive waves that are as hopeful as they are dreamy. It sits somewhere in between Tame Impala and Temples, a wonderful psych-influenced delight that will keep your finger on that repeat button.

Stream “Beneath The Air” below.
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