The good folks at Thrill Jockey have passed along the latest video from Portland psych ensemble Eternal Tapestry. Accompanying new song “Apocalypse Dream,” the video—a near virtual psychedelic Sega Genesis trip—was crafted by guitarist Nick Bindeman from live footage of the band shot by Anton Long and other sci-fi imagery. Eternal Tapestry’s forthcoming album, A World Out of Time, comes out November 13th on Thrill Jockey and it’s full of jams.
Since our return from the Austin Psych Fest in April of this year, talk of the 2013 APF has been a frequent discussion topic around these parts. This year’s APF featured over 50 bands from all walks of the psych genre, including Brian Jonestown Massacre, Woods, The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, The Entrance Band, Quilt, Golden Dawn, Peaking Lights, Dead Meadow and many more. Set across two adjacent venues—with a courtyard/hippy bazaar between—attendees could easily navigate between the shows to check out at least part each band. The experience was truly magical and we will most certainly be in attendance for the sixth annual Austin Psych Fest, set to take place April 26-28, 2013.
For those who unable to attend the 2012 Austin Psych Fest, here’s a short video recap of the festival created by Calvin Miller to give you an idea of the overall vibe. For those of you who lucky enough to make it, relive the memories and we’ll see you next year in Austin.
The Entrance Band have released a video for the new tune “Mellow Fantastic.” The song—accompanied by a short surf film, shot in southern California on Super8 by bassist Paz Lenchantin—is, as the title suggests, a superbly mellow, futuristic stoner jam that coasts along like a transcendent waterfall of sound, like a rider cruising the waves off the sun soaked shores of Topanga.
For those of you living in New York City, one of the groups you will certainly want to check out during this week’s CMJ festivities is Cleveland band Gap Dream. The lo-fi rockers put out their debut album on Burger Records earlier this year, a collection of droning, 60s paisley pop tunes that recalls contemporaries like Woods and Ducktails. A couple weeks back, they released a follow-up single on Suicide Squeeze, “Generator” b/w “A Little Past Midnight.” Stream “Generator” along with the debut self-titled album below.
Gap Dream plays the Panache showcase at Public Assembly on October 19 with Twerps, Turbo Fruits, Violent Bullshit, Xray Eyeballs, Levek, Dent May, Dignan Porch, Mac Demarco, and Vockah Redu as well as at Big Snow on October 20 with MV & EE, Paperhead, Herbcraft.
Brooklyn-via-Denver astral travelers Woodsman put out their new “All Tangled Up” cassette single last week, and have now shared the B-side to that single, titled “Sonic Tomb.” The track opens with the group’s signature totemic percussion crashing below a current of drone with a side of noodle-y kraut. Download/stream it below.
Last night I had the great pleasure of catching Los Angeles-via-Michigan group Lord Huron’s return to NYC. Celebrating the release of their debut LP, Lonesome Dreams, the band performed their stunning new material infront of dimly lit silhouette of a mountainscape and proved why they’re one of the best emerging indie-folk acts on the scene today. Lord Huron’s new album is a dream-like journey, recalling contemporaries like the Fleet Foxes, while harkening back to the days of yore with tales of growing up on the lake, river crossings, undying loves and stories of the American heartland. It’s an album for autumn. Listen to album tracks “Ends of the Earth” and “Time to Run” below and then head over to IAMSOUND to purchase the record.
Our pals in Jeffertitti’s Nile have emerged from their lengthy period of hibernation to bring to us the new single, “Upside,” from their forthcoming album The Electric Hour. You may remember Jeffertitti’s Nile from our very first DGB event last summer, or from their highly impressive debut release Hypnotic River of Sound. But if not, now is your time to discover this great band.
The new single from these West Coast psychsters, recorded by Jonny Bell from Crystal Antlers, heads in a more cinematic direction and is set to be released later this month on New York’s Better Breakfast label. Jeffertitti’s Nile have also cut four additional songs with ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, and will hit the road with his group Father John Misty for a run of shows this fall (see below for the tour poster). Interesting factoid: Jeffertitti also plays bass and sings in Father John Misty.
Jeffertitti’s Nile’s upcoming 10” EP entitled The Electric Hour, was recorded in Ojai, California at Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero’s studio and is due for a release in early 2013. Check out “Upside” below.
Late 1960s South Africa might be the last place you’d expect a progressive psych-folk band to have emerged from. But amid racist and nationalist tensions, a small, yet fertile scene did exist, which included a little-known band by the name of Abstract Truth.
Guitarist Kenneth E. Henson formed Abstract Truth in Durban, South Africa around 1969, going on to release two studio albums with the group during 1970. However, the band was short-lived and disbanded after numerous line-up changes in 1971.
Abstract Truth’s first album, titled Totum, is a collection of covers that includes takes on everything from jazz standards like “Summertime” and “Comin’ Home Baby,” Donovan and Dylan tunes and more. The vastly improved second album, titled Silver Trees, consists entirely of originals, blending elements of prog, folk and psych that, at times, recalls Caravan, Fairport Convention and early King Crimson. Silver Trees, in particular, is worth seeking out. The album covers a lot of ground, and sees Saxophonist/flutist Sean Bergin and Henson dueling throughout over jazzy time signatures and complex compositions.
For years after their release, these two Abstract Truth records existed as extreme rarities, known and heard only by die-hard collectors and few others. But in 2009, both albums were reissued with extensive liner notes, bringing these two lost classics to the ears of many more.
Below you can hear the folky opener “Pollution” and the epic eight-minute title track from the group’s second LP, Silver Trees.
Melbourne, Australian jangle rockers The Twerps have put out a new video for their latest single “Work It Out.” It’s a simple video. One that involves a bare room, the band members, and their instruments. And a dog. But as with last year’s highly-impressive self-titled effort from the Aussie outfit, the music is what attracts here. The single is out digitally now and will be out on vinyl on October 23rd via Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples.
Madison, WI-based garage-psych artist Dead Luke has released his third proper full-length on Oakland record label Moon Glyph. The cassette, titled God Takes LSD, melds Spaceman 3-esque stoner rock, jangly garage pop and murky blues riffs into a tapestry of delightful lo-fi, jammy psychedelia. Check out the slow burner “Oh My Lord Can’t Help” along with the sun-soaked pop of “I Love” below. Also be be sure to give a listen to “The Best Drug I’ve Ever Done” from Dead Luke’s 2010 release American Haircut.