Doom metal with a psychedelic edge. I’m obsessed with Psychedeathic Swampnosis where otherworldly flute melodies is layered over some psy-doom metal pillars. It’s like the soundtrack of an old fantasy movie (the Labyrinth kind) but with metal.
Freeways – True Bearings
Tastes of straight up rock music from heavy metal through psychedelic to hard rock. A band with two records that sounds like an old classic that could be around for decades. Logo and cover arts also support this feeling.
Rob Zombie – The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy
As good as any Rob Zombie record, it just delivers. Perhaps more musical than the usual, ranging a bunch of genres from the default industrial metal through hard rock and heavy metal to funk and even country, and having melodies that may be beyond what one would expect from this guy.
Mother’s Cake – Cyberfunk!
This was the biggest wow moment towards the end of 2020. Huuuge funk and psychedelic rock mixed up, like putting Rage Against The Machine and The Mars Volta in a blender, and occasionally spicing it up with some space disco vibe.
After around the time of Black Angel’s Phosphene Dream I started to get weary of a lot of psychedelic rock records sounding all the same—there was a canon that so many new bands could only follow but show nothing new there. It’s also telling that in the funk rock area one of the best new things I’ve heard in the past decade was Shobaleader One playing live, which is basically IDM played with a different instrumentation. Overall, I rarely hear something that feels new and fresh in these genres nowadays, and Mother’s Cake has definitely one of those moments.
SLIFT – UMMON
Galaxy trippin’ psychedelic space rock. There was quite a list of new-psychedelic albums that I’ve listened to lately and this one stuck with me for a little while now.
Also, insanely cool artwork. Here’s the unfolded LP because you just can’t miss the full piece:
Die Wilde Jagd – Uhrwald Orange
It’s like the love child of Dead Can Dance and industrial music. It’s a krautrock thing and a psychedelic rock thing. And it is amazing. I’ve been listening to this record almost continuously for a while now and it just enchants me. It’s hypnotic and atmospheric and opens up a magical world of its own.
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space
From the postive side of post-rock, mixing in psychedelic rock vibe, and layering it with radio recordings from the era of the space race. Quite a unique concept album. What I like most is the overall upbeat and dreamy atmosphere of it all. It feels pleasantly naive.
The Naturals – On The Way (To The Laughing Light Of Plenty)
Silly like a bunch of friends writing music in the garage, not meant for release, just ended up on a record somehow. But the track The Rose is a psychedelic indie rock disco funk monster, favorite track of the month. (Besides that other favorite track of the month.)
Nebula – Dos EPs
The Doors and the Black Sabbath meet in a bar and play blues and rock and roll.
The Myrrors – Hasta La Victoria
Starts with this saxophone-infused trippy 10-minute mindbend (the Hungarian band Másfél comes to mind), followed by adding some low-fi vocals to the mix, then goes on with orbiting around the SQÜRL sound (think Only Lovers Left Alive’s soundtrack), and quits with a psychedelic rock end sequence. Quite a ride.