psychedelic rock

Artist: 
Blue Sails
Label: 
Self-Released

Blue Sail's self-released, self-titled album Blue Sails is a beautiful collection of songs that vaguely remind the listener of bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Tame Impala, and MGMT (if they did more rock-based songs). Like the bands mentioned, nearly all of the songs create this ambiance that is a mixture of numbness, nostalgia, and yet hope. The two brothers, Max and Mitchell Bell, both have mastered the sounds of psychedelic rock. The extreme reverb is like echoes of the past. The whispery vocals set your mind at ease.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - chill, whisper toned vocals and a psychedelic feel, especially on "There Is No Unreturn'd Love"
Sounds Like: 
Smashing Pumpkins - one of the main influences of the band, similar vocal style
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Real Estate
Label: 
Domino

Imagine yourself drinking a cup of coffee. It's warm and comforting, and has your favorite flavor of creamer in it. You drink it everyday, but you don't grow tired of it - its familiar, yet always welcome. In the realm of indie rock music, this would be the same case for New Jersey based indie band Real Estate. Real Estate is a band whose subtle, yet shimmery indie-rock music is a sound that you can never tire of. Although they are not a band who take risks and try something gamechanging, that's perfectly okay.

Sounds Like: 
Beach Fossils
Sounds Like: 
Ducktails
Sounds Like: 
Wild Nothing
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2017
Artist: 
Temples
Label: 
Heavenly Recordings

This is something that will grow on you. Temples is a knockout entirely definitely, however like I said, this will grow on you. Being the first time my listening to their album and there quartet as a whole, Volcanoes is an instant favorite from everything I've heard thus far. Having added it to my collection of music forever expanding, I now have gotten to dig deeper into their history and have heard their first album, Sun Structures, and combined with Volcanoes I have to say I prefer the first of the two mentioned more.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Glass Animals
Name: 
Maximilian Serventi
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
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: 
Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel
Label: 
Rad Cat Reords

This band really gives off a vibe from everything that was great about the late 60s and early 70s in music. With definite influences coming from the Doors and Pink Floyd and modern bands like Tame Impala and Foxygen. This record really has some good melodies and out there psychedelia. It doesn't really stray to far from this psych pop sounds. There's a lot of good organ sounding keyboard solos. Definitely a good listen and will keep an eye out for more stuff from them in the future. 

Sounds Like: 
The Doors
Sounds Like: 
Foxygen
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Gonjasufi
Label: 
Warp Records

Nineteen tracks long, this American yoga teacher describes his desire to endure the pain and hate of life. Not out of nihilism or defeat, but like the album title, to grow and adapt with thick skin. Harrowing, moody, and hazy, Gonjasufi uses his screechy voice to give life to the fuzz and reverb. 

Sounds Like: 
The Gaslamp Killer
Sounds Like: 
King Midas Sound
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Warpaint
Label: 
Rough Trade

From their debut EP Exquisite Corpse to their two proper studio albums The Fool (2010) and Warpaint (2014), Warpaint is a band who has made name for themselves in the indie rock genre. By blending genres such as dream pop, electronic, and psychedelic rock, they have made a sort of hazy, dreamy music that only this talented all female band could possibly make. On their third studio album Heads Up, the girls of Warpaint experiment with new sounds, while still keeping elements that fans such as myself have grown to know and love.

Sounds Like: 
Massive Attack
Sounds Like: 
Widowspeak
Sounds Like: 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
10/31/2016
Artist: 
Goat
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

Requiem Is Goat's third album released, I'm going to warn you now, this band has an interesting and mysterious history and a controversal reputation. This Swedish world music/ krautrock collective has been critisized for cultural appropriation as they claim to be a voo doo sect from northern Sweden, a sect with a long tradition of music making. All artists in the collective have refused to name themselves and cloak themselves litterally with masks and cloaks and metaphorically with lack of personal information made public.

Sounds Like: 
The Beautiful Nubia, Melt yourself down
Sounds Like: 
Anitek,Airto Moreira
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
10/17/2016
Artist: 
Elephant Stone
Label: 
Burger Records

This is some pretty nice rock music with a "funky" twist. None of the instruments seem overdone the vocals are pretty soft. I would describe the music as something that would play in a cheesy scene of a highschool dance--not in a bad way, but as something that has a pretty good sound that is easy to do a little head bob, swing, side to side action to. The songs are pretty slow which are good to play in the background to listen and relax--a good choice to play while doing homework.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala
Sounds Like: 
Radkey
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2016
Artist: 
Woods
Label: 
Woodsist

Woods has put out a psych folk record almost every year for the past nine years. Although their sound is very predictable, this record does change it up enough to differentiate it from their past records. They still stick to their roots of making 60s pop sounding songs. This record is a little more jazz influenced than their past records. The opening track of the record "Sun City Creeps" is maybe my favorite track of the record. Woods added a horn section to this song and the sound of this song shows a lot influence from Ethiopian jazz records and reggae.

Sounds Like: 
Ducktails
Sounds Like: 
King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2016
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