Brooklyn’s Woods are back with their outstanding 9th LP, City Sun Eater in the River of Light. Taking the best parts of almost every genre of music out there and adding it their already wonky, folk-psych sound, Woods have created a groove-driven (dare I call it “groove-psych”), psychedelic rock masterpiece.
Check out the head bobbing beat of “Can’t See At All” (below) for a mere sampling of how cool this album is.
City Sun Eater… is out now and available on whatever media suits your fancy from WOODSIST Records – I highly, highly recommend it.
Woods – Can’t See At All from City Sun Eater in the River of Light (2016)
Portland-based Radiation City recently dropped their third LP and first with Polyvinyl Records. Synesthetica is a hook-driven, electro-pop gold mine – the deeper you dig into the album the more rich stuff you find. Check out one of many standout tracks “Milky White” (below) for a taste.
Synesthetica is out now and available in all formats from Polyvinyl.
Radiation City – Milky White from Synesthetica (2016)
Belfast trio Sea Pinks play an infectious style of hook driven, fuzzy pop that I can’t get enough of. Their new LP, Soft Days, has had me bouncing around the house for weeks, it’s one of my favorite listens right now. Check out the fuzzed-out, jangly guitars of title track “Soft Days” (below) for a sample.
Sea Pinks – Soft Days from Soft Days (2016)
Shimmery guitars over pounding drums and dark throbbing bass lines, somewhat reminiscent of The Cure’s early releases, is what Birmingham, AL trio, WRAY, bring to the table on their sophomore release Hypatia. Give the title track a spin below, it’s killer post-punk meets shoegaze goodness.
Hypatia is available now from Communicating Vessels. You should get your hands on it now.
WRAY – Hypatia from Hypatia (2016)
Garage soul stompers The Missing Souls are a 4-piece band out of Lyon, France. Their debut U.S. single features their snarly, lo-if take on two lost gems from the 60′s — Oscar & The Majestics’ “Got To Have Your Lovin’” and Lindy Blaskey & The Lavells’ “You Ain’t Tuff”. Both tracks rule!
Get this bad boy now from Hidden Volume Records. Enjoy.
Night Fiction is Irish guitarist Cian Nugent’s third album, but his first in the role of singer-songwriter. Those familiar with his previous, mostly instrumental work will not be disappointed as Cian’s guitar skills are prevalent throughout the album. Check out his noodly guitar work on opening track “Lost Your Way” (below) for a sample, it’s definitely one of the standouts from the album.
Night Fiction is out today (01.29.16) on Woodsist Records. It’s a great listen, you should check it out.
Cian Nugent – Lost Your Way from Night Fiction (2016)
I missed on the Madcaps debut self-titled last year, I will not make that same mistake twice. These rockers out of Rennes, France play a sugary sweet brand of fuzzy garage pop tunes that could come off of any of the old Nuggets compilations of psych/garage songs from the 60′s. Their ode to the Taco Truck could be our founder, Sean’s theme song.
Below are two songs for your listening pleasure, “Too Big for Your Boots” from their new album, Hot Sauce, and “Emily Vandelay” from last year’s debut. Both are great examples of what these guys can do.
Hot Sauce is out now on Howlin’ Banana Records. Enjoy.
The Madcaps – Too Big For Your Boots from Hot Sauce (2016)
The Madcaps – Emily Vandelay from S/T (2015)
Jangly, reverbed, lo-fi, psychedelic, fuzz are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe Boston’s Magic Shoppe. Their newest EP, Interstellar Car Crash, is a wall to wall psychedelic gem, sure to alter your state of mind with it’s reverbed guitars and hypnotic vocals. Check out “City Alight (Yeah)” below for a taste.
Interstellar Car Crash is out on February 5 through Optical Sounds, I highly recommend it.
Magic Shoppe – City Alight (Yeah) from Interstellar Car Crash (2016)
Scott Reitherman is back with his second album as Pillar Point, Marble Mouth. Recorded at Kevin Barnes’ (of Montreal) home studio, Marble Mouth is an electro-pop masterpiece with of enough throbbing bass and synths to make any fan of 80′s electro drool. Check out the sun-soaked “Dove” below for a taste.
Marble Mouth is out on January 22 through Polyvinyl Records, it’s a must have for your record collection.
Pillar Point – Dove from Marble Mouth (2016)