Psychedelic Pop

Artist: 
Superorganism
Label: 
Domino Recording Co Ltd

Superorganism's self-titled album is a beautiful mixture of synth, chill beats, and fun vocals from the 17-year-old lead singer, Orono Noguchi. The album doesn't stray too far from the indie pyschedlic pop principles, making the album something easy to listen to. However, you most likely won't feel like you found a revolutionary band but that's okay! I think "Superorganism" can appeal to a lot of people because of its natural charm and typical sounds.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - psychedelic pop, nonchalant vocals that you can find in a Tame Impala song
Sounds Like: 
MGMT - earlier albums and more indie pop than MGMT but still fun to listen to like MGMT
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
MGMT
Label: 
Columbia Records

In 2013, MGMT released their third album, self-titled, which divided fans and critics. Afterwards, the band went on a four-year hiatus and only began to release new music again back in October. Now, MGMT is back with their long-awaited fourth studio album, Little Dark Age. The question that may be on everyone's minds is: was it worth the wait? After listening to this album, I think it most certainly was.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Peter Bjorn and John
Name: 
Nick Ramos
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2018
Artist: 
The Zombies
Label: 
Varese Sarabande Records

The past two years have seen the 50th anniversaries (and subsequent re-releases) of two of the most important albums in music history - The Beach Boy's Pet Sounds (originally released in 1966) and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). It only seems fitting then, that we continue the 50th anniversary celebration with another re-release of a seminal album of the 60's. While overlooked in comparison to Pet Sounds and Sgt.

Sounds Like: 
The Beatles
Sounds Like: 
The Beach Boys
Sounds Like: 
The Monkees
Sounds Like: 
Sonny and the Sunsets
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
10/30/2017
Artist: 
Birthh
Label: 
We Were Never Being Boring Collective

Hailing from Florence, Italy, the nineteen-year-old Alice Bisi sings the dark words we have all thought before. The ambient background music complements the dark lyrics really well though if this album had no lyrics it would still be a pretty good album. This whole album reminds me of Daugther's Youth song, as if it was stretched out to 10 songs, using a combination of electronic and organic sounds climaxing then concluding with soft vocals.  Definitely an album to drive too.

 

 

 

 

Sounds Like: 
Lapsley
Sounds Like: 
Daughter
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Vinyl Williams
Label: 
Company Records

This is Vinyl Williams' third album, put out via Chaz Bundick's label Company Records. He is definitely channeling his inner Toro y Moi with this record. It's some very chilled out psych pop with some funky R&B grooves. It's a great album just space out to when you're feeling super tired. It's the kind of record that would go perfect with some trippy psychedelic visuals. There's actually an interactive music video that goes with the song "Feedback Delicates." Highly reccomend checking that out. 

Sounds Like: 
Toro Y Moi
Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
09/04/2016
Artist: 
Cullen Omori
Label: 
Sub Pop

New Misery is the first solo album from Cullen Omori, a former member of garage psych group Smith Westerns. You can kind of hear Omori's origins in this album, as it has Smith Western's characteristic poppy psychedelic vibes, but you can also see where he branches off. It's more complex, with more layered/distorted instrumentation. The shiny melodies and muted vocals are hypnotic, and it all really draws you into a state of clean psych bliss.

Sounds Like: 
Connan Mockasin
Sounds Like: 
Girls
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2016
Artist: 
Animal Collective
Label: 
Domino

"Floridada" is the first single off of Animal Collective's upcoming LP Painting With. As the first single, this track features just about every aspect of Painting With that is new to the band's sound: an incredibly squelchy modular synthesizer, Colin Stetson's avant-garde saxophone techniques, virtually no reverb or vocal effects, and Avey Tare and Panda Bear singing on the same song for the first time since 2010's Fall Be Kind.

Sounds Like: 
Florida as a collage of the rest of the world
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
01/29/2016
Artist: 
Milk Lines
Label: 
In The Red

With their lo-fi psychedleic folk sound, Milk Lines could of easily fit right in with the music of the 1960s. Their sound is pretty simple and doesn't venture very far from this era. They are made up of a married couple Jeffrey Clarke and Emily Frances. Their voices complement each other really well and they make some pretty cool sounding harmonies. They create a more country psychedelic sound. My one knock on them is their songs really similar. Overall I like the sound of this band and it's a pretty good listen for their first record. 

Sounds Like: 
The Byrds
Sounds Like: 
Black Angels
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
01/23/2016
Artist: 
Panda Bear
Label: 
Domino

Crosswords comes just 7 months after the release of Panda Bear's latest full-length Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper so it would be easy to expect more of the same excellence that Noah Lennox brought to the table on that record.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Apocalypse Now in pop form
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2015
Artist: 
Monogold
Label: 
Monogold

This, Monogold’s fourth album is short but sweet example of some really cool psychedelic pop. The songs seem to flow together really well, especially the first and seconds songs (Dynasties and Holograms, respectively), with the first serving as a sort of album intro with tons of reverb and echo and a sweet saxophone track that lures you in. The second track starts with an upbeat drum track and is reminiscent, to me at least of the latter part of M83’s Raconte-Moi Una Histoire.

Sounds Like: 
M83
Sounds Like: 
Grizzly Bear
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2015
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