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.

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.