What a pleasant slice of pop-psych, updated for the 2010s! Julian Borrego is a multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California (the scribe’s home town). Though you can hear hints of Antônio Carlos Jobim and funk-era Stevie Wonder in his music, there’s also a touch of garage psych which makes the tune much more than palatable …
Ian Nagoski of Canary Records has released yet another gem! This one is a compilation of really great pop singers from female pop singers from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.
Sato are a band from Uzbekistan who fuse together progressive rock and folk into a pretty unique fusion. Though there’s not much information about them online as of yet, the venerable blog ProgNotFrog have a small writeup on them, including personnel info.
Los Angeles, California’s answer to Magma, Corima originally hail from Texas, and make use of the Mexican Quetzalcoatl mythos and make intense music in the vein of Zeuhl music; quick, crisp, brutal and quite a pleasure to delve into. Check out their Bandcamp page here.
I tend to have the best luck in the world with unsolicited releases! Poughkeepsie, New York’s The Warp/The Weft send an album which blends folk, prime-era 70’s hard rock and prog into a rather novel blend of something a Tull fan could be proud of, never mind all you prog freaks who collect ultra-rare garage-prog …
I am well aware that some of my friends and colleagues hate this song, considering it near the bottom of Pierre Henry’s musical canon. So be it. The reason I’m featuring this tune, however, is for two reasons. First, it was my introduction to Henry’s work. I wasn’t much of a hard-rock guy, and Spooky …
Luke Haines is famous for fronting such bands as The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder, but this solo LP, 9 1/2 Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s & Early ’80s, takes the cake, especially as the aforementioned Mark “Rollerball” Rocco was a British pro wrestling hero of mine.
I thank my old friend Mileta of the ever-stunning Serbian-language music blog valtazarzauberquelle, who turned me on to a band whom he perfectly described as a Byzantine psychedelic groove band. It’s as if Popol Vuh stumbled into Orthodoxy instead of Eastern mysticism. To read Mileta’s review, click here.
Big Star’s near perfect album, Third/Sister Lovers, is full of treasures, but this one is sublime, respectful of Christ, and perfect for the season.
Un Festin Sagital were one of the finest ritualistic ambient bands to ever come out of Chile. In fact, I can’t think of another, save the related band Thanatoloop.