Style: Neo-Psychedelia, Prog-Pop, Psychedelic Soul, Art Rock
Vibe: Triumphant, Colorful, Longing, Utopian, Eccentric, Futuristic, Joyful, Love, Manic, Playful, Psychedelic, Surreal, Uplifting,
Musical Qualities: Suite, Eclectic, Melodic, Dense Arrangements, Studio-as-an-Instrument
Style: Psych Pop, Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Neo-Psychedelia
Vibe: Dreamy, Catchy, Lush, Warm, Alienation, Psychedelic, Studio-as-an-instrument
Musical Attributes: Melodic, Studio-as-an-Instrument, Headphone Album
Style: Neo-Psychedelia, Psych Pop
Vibe: Catchy, Colorful, Hallucinogenic, Hypnotic, Psychedelic, Stoned, Summer, Sunny, Surreal, Warm
Musical Attributes: Loops, Sampling, Lush, Melodic, Rhythmic
Listening to Alex G, one might imagine a young alien sitting alone in his martian bedroom baring his angsty, teenage confessions to his 4-track tape recorder. Yet, at the core of his music, underneath layers of psychedelic guitars, weird pitch-shifted vocals, and occasional lo-fi hiss, lies some genius pop songs that feel simultaneously adolescent and mature.
Recommended for fans of lo-fi experimentation and bedroom pop. Alex seems to pull influences from all over and channel them through his own unique personality and penchant for odd, psychedelic production. Recalls Elliot Smith’s loner acoustic songwriting and drum machines pulled from 80′s pop songs; there’s even a fucked up jazz piano ballad thrown into the mix.
In mid-60s Canterbury, a new sound was germinating that would combine musical complexity with psychedelic whimsy, jazz-inspired improvisation, and avant-garde production techniques, proving to be a cornerstone of progressive music for decades to come.
Guide includes 100-minute mixtape, list of recommended albums, & further reading
Style: Psychedelic Pop
Vibe: Sunny, Warm, Romantic, Retro, Spring, Breezy
Musical Attributes: Melodic, Lush, Polished, Electronic Production, Catchy, Lyrical
Released in 2010 on Modular Records Format: LPx2
Released in 1968 on Probe Records 1968 Second Pressing Format: LP
Months after introducing us to the hazy bedroom-psych of his debut EP, songwriter/producer Ainsley Scullion returns with a glossy new … More
Released in 2012 on Rad Cult/FrenchKiss Format: LP, Orange Vinyl
Originally Released in 2007 on Paw Tracks 2017 Vinyl Me, Please pressing on My Animal Home Limited Edition Format: LPx2, … More
Released in 2099 on Kranky/4AD Format: LP
Producing solo music can be an isolating, obsessive experience that creates somewhat of a disconnect with the outside world, yet … More
Following a precise fill from the rhythm section, a shimmering guitar chord kicks “Only Shadow” into a tight, catchy groove, … More
Released in 1967 on Capitol Records Format: LP, includes cut outs
Released in 1999 on Warner Bros Original [PIAS] Pressing Format: LPx2, including bonus tracks not on CD version
Released in 1966 on Parlophone Records 1973 UK Pressing Format: LP
Originally released in 1966 on Capitol Records 1980 Mono pressing Format: LP
Originally released in 1967 on Elektra 2012 Rhino Pressing, cut from original analogue masters Format: LP
Released in 2009 on Graveface Records Format: LPx2, Stoughton Foil Sleeve Includes 24″x24″ poster RSD 2010 Pressing
Released in 2010 on 4AD Records Format: LP, white vinyl
Originally released in 2010 on Columbia Records 2014 RSD pressing Mastered from original analogue tapes No. 1175/4000 Format: LPx2, 180g
Vibe: Sunny, Happy, Catchy
Musical Attributes: Simple, Vocal Harmonies, Lyrical, Melodic
Soft Machine’s second album is an eclectic suite packed full of whimsical psychedelia, Dadaist detours, complex prog structures and jazz-inspired musicianship.
Kaleidoscopic pop driven by round, groovy bass locked in with funky, motorik drumming, all floating through layers of swirling, delayed guitars, shimmering synths, and dreamy vocals. Recommended to anyone looking for a smooth, sugary middle ground between Stereolab, Toro y Moi, and Neu!
“Day of Mangoes” is overstimulation at it’s finest. Just imagine floating down a river through an unexplored tropical paradise where every corner brings a new array of colorful sounds. Warm synths gliding over clunking piano give way to chorus-drenched highlife guitars strumming over thick synth basslines. Manipulated vocal samples emerge from nowhere and then disappear into radio static just as quickly…RIYL: Animal Collective, King Sunny Ade, & Madlib