Lo-Fi psychedelic

Artist: 
Meatbodies
Label: 
In the Red Records

Meatbodies' second release is a concept album that is easy to listen to and even easier to tune out. The opening track begins with the sounds of birds chirping and fades into a pleasant, but repetative guitar riff that goes on for far too long. The lyrics, although whimsical and enjoyable, show no evidence of a coherent storyline. None of the tracks truly stand out in a significant way, but all of them have an easy-on-the-ears fuzzy psychadelic rock sound.

Sounds Like: 
Allah-Las
Sounds Like: 
Syd Barrett
Name: 
Sally Lynx
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Michael
Label: 
Arbutus

Michael Stasis has put out a lot of shit in his life--he's got over 200 self-recorded songs--and yet he doesn't have much name recognition. Which is probably for the best. Some level of fame might force him to find a distinct sound, which I'm not sure he really has. Each song on RIP III is different. Some swell with crazy psychedelic tones and glistening guitars, some are more dancy with 80's vibes running through them, and some slow down with basic guitar riffs really show some new wave influences.

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Sounds Like: 
Foxygen
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
08/30/2015
Artist: 
Jib Kidder
Label: 
Domino Recording Co.

Teaspoon To The Ocean strings together and overlaps various recordings to create a psychedelic collage that is supposed to resemble a dreamlike sequence. By sampling different parts of music, Jib Kidder claims to mix together songs the same way people take different parts of thier lives and mix them together to create dreams. If you can get over the vocals, which sound like a very warped autotune over a nasally voice, its a good album with a unique sound. #10 "Melt Me" is over nine minutes but the rest of the songs are two and five.

Sounds Like: 
Panda Bear
Sounds Like: 
Dan Deacon
Name: 
Henry Jensen
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2015
Artist: 
Jack Name
Label: 
Castleface

Alright, there are some things I dig and don't dig about this album. I dig all the sound fusion - you have all these weird pop melodies submerged in fuzz, noise, and bizarre psychedelic twists and turns that make you feel like you're floating around in space. "Werewolf Factory" is a pretty stellar, dark track that makes you slightly uncomfortable but entraces you with a funky bassline and layers of noise. It's pretty sweet how he uses all these old school synths and drum machines that make it sound like a basement project from the 80s.

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Sounds Like: 
White Fence
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
01/18/2015
Artist: 
Walter TV
Label: 
Sinderlyn

I was looking forward to hearing this artist who works with Mac Demarco (who plays guitar on this album). I thought this album was pretty solid. It wasn't necessary the most interesting music I've heard (nothing really grabbed my attention), but it was good to listen to while driving. I think Walter TV certainly pulled off the psychedelic surfer synth sound that we hear with Mac Demarco/this genre in general. Maybe his vocals were too gritty and stood out, but in general I think it was decent to listen to. I recommend it if you want chill noisy music to jam to. 

Sounds Like: 
Mac Demarco
Sounds Like: 
Pure X (but more gritty)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2014
Artist: 
Zola Jesus
Label: 
Zola Jesus Inc.

When I heard Zola Jesus introduced as a super slowed down Broods, I was pretty excited. Artists like Broods and Banks that feature rich female vocals with downtempo synth-pop beats are becoming more common these days. However, I was pretty disappointed with this album by Zola Jesus. I feel like she had some of the right components, but they just didn't come together in a particularly pleasing way. It fell pretty flat, mainly I think because of her singing/lyrics (maybe her voice didn't grow on me enough). It wasn't particularly creative or catchy.

Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Wolfe
Sounds Like: 
iamamiwhoami (with a deeper vocals)
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2014
Artist: 
Thee Oh Sees
Label: 
Castle Face Records

Just released seven months after their last album, Floating Coffins sets a new direction for Thee Oh Sees as well as brings all of their perfected elements from previous albums. This album focuses much more on song writing and softer melodies, but those who are still looking for some sweet punk-revival and crazy thrashy upbeat garage rock jams are still in luck.