Back in 2009, writer David Keenan coined the term “hypnagogic pop” to describe a new generation of experimental lo-fi musicians channeling the sounds of ’80s pop radio, New Wave, New Age and synth-driven VHS soundtracks into a form of neo-psychedelic music. Zones, the solo project of artist/musician Derek McKeon, is one of Toronto’s finest studies into that unique school of music. Crafting hazey, sun soaked psych melodies that coast through warbling dub and kraut grooves, McKeon’s music in Zones calls to mind a melding of early Ducktails and the twisted dub of Sun Araw. Much like his own art, McKeon’s music is a collage of psychedelic tropicalia.
Have a listen to Real Time, the debut release from Zones, which came out earlier this year on Heretical Objects. Zones plays the Holodeck at The Drake Underground alongside Doomsquad and Petra Glynt this Saturday as part of Nuit Blanche.
Brooklyn folk singer Natalie Mering, alias Weyes Blood, returns October 21 with a new album for Mexican Summer titled The Innocents. Listen to her new song, “Some Winters,” below.
On October 18th, Dog Gone Presents Chicago psych band Secret Colors with The Auras and Sunshine & The Blue Moon at Magpie Taproom. Projections will be provided by Laura-Lynn Petrick. Tickets are $5/PWYC at the door.
Back in March, Quilt headed down to the desert town of Marfa, Texas to perform at Mexican Summer’s inaugural festival gathering. While in town, the Bostonian quartet made their way over to a small recording studio located near the nearby Chinati Arts Foundation. It was here that Quilt performed an extended four-song suite depicting their more exploratory live persona. Tune in and stick around for the 26 minute “Milo” that closes out the tape.
Anna Mayberry put out one of our favorite releases of 2013 with a self-titled EP under her solo moniker Anamai. Ahead of her short run of tour dates kicking off tomorrow night in Ottawa, Anna has shared with us the wintery video for our favourite track on the EP, “Altar Coals.” Be sure to catch Anamai if she’s playing in your locale, and if you haven’t already, pick up the EP from Buzz Records.
San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has made a name for himself over the past several years by melding the sounds of psychedelic rock with narcotic, hypnogogic beats. On “Super Strength (Power Plants),” the first single off his new album Sacred Drugs, he teams up with the venerable Morgan Delt to create a drugged-out wash of guitar and organ samples that pulsate beneath Delt’s hazy vocal drawl. Have a listen below.
Sacred Drugs comes out October 1 on vinyl via Psych Army and cassette via Crash Symbols.
After putting out their highly impressive eponymous LP earlier this year, Brooklyn-via-Denver’s neo-kraut troop Woodsman return with a new EP this fall that offers a glimpse into their improvisational studio recording process. Acting as a companion piece to the full-length record, the EP features a raw, extended version of the album’s final cut, “Teleseparation,” in the form of a 30 minute jam cut into in 4 parts with no overdubs. A transcendent, stream-of-consciousness sonic journey, bathed in repetitive guitar atmospheres and totemic rhythmic interplay. Zone out to the Teleseparation EP below.
Purchase the Teleseparation EP on cassette via Fire Talk.
As fall looms just around the corner, we’re graced with a new offering from guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn that serves as a most fitting soundtrack for the change in season. After stepping out into the open with last year’s Time Off, Gunn took little time establishing himself as the premiere artist in the John Fahey inspired, post-Jack Rose realm of fingerpicked, raga-meets-American folk (something many of us already knew). With Way Out Weather, he takes an even grander step forward both in terms of arrangement and improvisation, as well as the roster of musicians he has aboard. The result is a more expansive, lush, full-band sound that, quite often, resembles the noodley ambling of the Grateful Dead as guitar lines and various stringed instruments weave through one another in an intertwining web of cosmic folk. Check out the video for the title track below.
Way Out Weather comes out October 7th on Paradise of Bachelors.
Also, for those who missed it, be sure to check out Steve Gunn’s collaborative album with British folk artist Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa.
For the past few years, Kyle Connolly has existed as a regular familiar amongst the Toronto psych scene, roving around in bands like Milk Lines, Beliefs, and Breeze. But on August 26, the soft-spoken multi-instrumentalist steps out on his own with the debut self-titled album by his own band, Wish. Featuring the talents of Peter Gosling (Decades, Lobby) on drums, Emily Bitze (Milk Lines) on bass, and long time friend/musical collaborator Josh Korody (Beliefs, Breeze) on guitar, Wish play a sort of psychedelic dream pop that often tends to wander into jammy krautrock territory. Check out their video for the song “Retro Grade” below. Wish plays tonight at the Garrison in Toronto.
Pre-order the album via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Greetings, friends. It’s been a busy summer in these parts. But, fear not, we’re still here and we have a brand new mix for your ears. Kick back in your favourite easy chair and enjoy this selection of Songs For The Summer Months.
∆ Songs For The Summer Months ∆
1. Gabor Szabo – Galatea’s Guitar
2. Jefferson Airplane – Today
3. Maria Papagika – O Marcos Botsaris
4. Pink Floyd – Crumbling Land (Take 1)
5. The Higher Elevation – The Summer Skies
6. Love – Bummer In The Summer
7. Atomic Forest – Sunshine Day
8. The Lemon Fog – Summer
9. Merrel Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty – The Big Gray Sky
10. Mountain Bus – Sing A New Song
11. Human Instinct – Tomorrow
11. Culture – Natty Dread Naw Run
12. Dock Boggs – Down South Blues
13. Peaking Lights – Summertime