Articles by Martyn Coppack
For pure unbridled psychedelic energy and fuzz, The Switching Yard have hit the nail on the head with Yet Again..
Whilst psych music has taken many forms over the last few years, few bands have managed to dive deeper into what it actually means to be psychedelic than Earthling Society. Riding high on the back of the excellent Ascent To Godhead, Earthling Society are still very much an underground concern. For any true connossieur of psych though, they remain an essential part of the scene. Martyn Coppack chats to Fred Laird from the band.
As far as Black Rainbows albums go, ‘Pandaemonium’ delivers the usual thrills and spills, only this time they misfire on more occasions than they hit.
If your idea of manna is a band who incorporate the best bits of High On Fire and Rainbow then The Watchers are the ones for you.
Even after all these years ‘Live After Death’ ranks is one of the greatest live albums ever.
Music like this should be celebrated and loved for its creativity, joy and artfulness. The entire album is an absolute joy from start to finish.
Whilst High Reeper are competent in what they are doing, by staying way in their comfort zone they simply become a little derivative.
If ever a band were on peak form it is JIRM and with ‘Surge Ex Monumentis’ they have created something of a masterpiece. A superb listen from beginning to end which never lets up, and continues to bring new thrills on each listen.
Whilst this is not an album which you will find yourself visiting much, it’s very nature of mixing such elements of ambience together makes you reach for it as a kind of soothing pill. We need this kind of experimentalism and adventure in music
Where this series of splits goes next, we will have to wait to see, but as a starter for ten it really doesn’t get much better than this.
Over the course of their musical career, Dead Sea Apes have slowly developed into a band that, whilst they are generally labelled psych, are so much more. Not the kind of band to rest on their laurels and release a “greatest hits” style album, Recondite is a parallel view of Dead Sea Apes journey so far. Echoes And Dust asked Brett Savage to talk us through the new/old album and explain where these tracks fit in to the DSA story
This isn’t retro music, this is timeless music. And that’s what rock and roll is at the end of the day. Buy this album, buy a copy for your parents. Play it loud and live life.
It’s a minor classic which offers a chilled out option from the usual spaced out intense affairs that the genre is known for. Both styles are good, Naxatras own theirs.
‘Acid Cream’ is never going to change the world, and may also slip from your mind after a few months, but for its glorious short life it is destined to lift your spirits high.
The UK doom scene seems to be solidifying itself again after a few years where it kind of lost its way. A new pack of bands are leading the charge and we can definitely add Green Lung to the ones to watch list.
An excellent release from two bands ready to prove that doom can be intelligent, as well as prehistoric.
Droneverdose is one of those albums which feels like it is an epoch defining moment, not just for Canadian psych, but in general too
The brevity adds to the mystery though, and allows us to revisit again and again to briefly lose ourselves within their world. It’s an unusual and quite lovely experience.
As a debut release, this album will take some beating within the doom genre this year and with it, Geomancer have set themselves out as an exciting prospect.
Rarely do you get a sense of satisfaction and completion when an album finishes. When you do you know you have a rare beauty, and that’s just what Broken Stay Open Sky is, an album of breathtakingly rare beauty
There are rough edges, as expected from an early release, and often times the influences bear out, but it’s the delivery which makes this such an exciting proposition.