The Greek Psych Rockers Holy Moniter released their excellent ablum ‘II’ back in 2018. Their music has this vintage psych vibe, a sound that makes you feel pretty good, fuzzed out summerpsych with just the right amount of keyboard in it. Their new EP ‘This Desert Island’ is out and it is quite great. Four tracks of great psych perfect for the summer. Tune in now.
Mong Tong 夢東 are a trio from Taiwan with the Brothers Hom Yu and Jiun Chi who also play in Prairie WWWW (落差草原 WWWW) and Dope Purple. And now they released their new album ‘Mystery’ on Guruguru Brain.
This band may very wel be one of my favourite discoveries of 2020. There is something absolutely magical in their sound, you can just feel the dreamlike soundscapes, the vintage samples in combination with the krautrock and psych. Combine this with the traditional Taiwanese music and the original approach of this band you get something truly hypnotic and magical. catchy basslines, futuristic synth sounds, vintage samples, they combine it all and the whole sounds sooo good together.
Easily one of the most refreshing releases of the year so far. This should still the hunger of every music fan, does not matter what kind of music they like.
Mong Tong makes magic with sounds.
This is one of earths most fascinating bands. Acid Mothers Temple and its many offshoots has produced so much music I don’t know if the bandmembers even remember everything. I know I tried to make some kind of guide but I am still stuck at part I. It is like opening the box of pandora, you start off and think, hey this is cool, so much music and then it just does not stop, the same bandmembers are switching bands, quiting, starting different bands with almost the same name or side project that are something completely different, it just does not stop. As far as I know they released “Reverse of Rebirth in Universe” in riot season in 2018, a re-release called ‘Either The Fragmented Body Or The Reconstituted Soul’ on Necio Records and a very dirty split with Orphan Goggles in 2019 and rework of ‘Minstrel In The Galaxy’. Also a split with Yoo Doo Right and also and album offshoot called Acid Mothers Reynols.
Their new album “Chosen Star Child’s Confession” and new line-up (Kawabata Makoto, speed guru, Higashi Hiroshi, Jyonson Tsu, Satoshima Nani , Wolf) is called “Chosen Star Child’s Confession” and is featuring Geoff Leigh (ex Henry Cow). You can see this album is the first one of a new era for Acid Mothers Temple.
The album wich we can hear 4 tracks from starts with some very trippy sound sin the first track and ends with wild solos an cosmic classic AMT sounds. The second track ‘Diamond Eyes areHurt’ is absolutely gorgeous, the band shows their softer side with the beautiful vocals and the sax in the background and makes this jazzy track a true masterpiece. ‘Cometary Orbital Drive (Christal Trigger 2199)’ is very trippy and hypnotic, 13 minutes of ambient and psych ends in some chillin guitar work. ‘Infected J Also Live Beast Catastrophe’ is experimental and heavy and has the signature AMT sound and I am happy this track is on it.
AMT is a band of many talents and on this album they show again their strength. This album may be more listenable then the others, more hypnotic and more sensitive. I love it. If you are a fan of all these Japanese psych and noise stuff, be sure to check out the cosmic side of Japan.
Here we are slowly creeping towards the end of hopefully the one and only deadly wave of the virus, while life is crawling towards some sort of new normality their were also a lot of absolutely great releases in May. So I am going to list my favourits here for your pleasure.
The Swedish band Flowers Must Die has released some pretty great psych in the past. Their music is highly hypnotic and trippy. This is a compilation with lost tracks, alternative mixes, demo versions or longer versions of tracks that have been released. About 2 hours and 30 minutes music from 2008-2018. The compilation is called Återbruk (wich means recycled).
John Dwyer from Oh Sees returns with his Damaged Bug project. His previous album “Bunker Funk” was from 2017 and now the psychedelic master is back wich is splendid news in these dark times. This time it is a cover album with covers from Michael Yonkers.
The album starts with the dreamy track ‘Goodbye Sunball’ but after that track John Dwyer gos a gear faster and the fuzz does not stop till the end. This is an excellent album, I have to admit I do not know a lot of music from Michael Yonkers so I started listening to both the cover album and the originals and it is just doubling the fun.
Today I got a message from my parents that they are proud of what me and my brothers do, my two brothers are both in a band called Onset (who just released a new EP so check it out) and me with my little website Fuzzy Sun. When we lived at home they had to put up with all our music upstairs (starting from teenage music to nu metal ending with brutal death and black metal) and so many years later they still they check out what we do and they are proud of us and that makes me happy.
I know they sometimes check out the website but don’t listen to often because they are not a big fan of bone shattering and ear destroying noiserock for some strange reason, but maybe they do not know that now and then some psychpop, hazy psych or psychedelic jazz is posted too.
So as a little thank you I made a playlist with all the Fuzzy Sun approved mom and dad music. So this music list is mostly hazy psych, summer vibes and stuff like that. I am not sure if they are going to like it, but hey, i can try right.
You can listen to, you do not have to be my mom or dad, if you like chill psych and stuff like that then tune in and enjoy. There is a lot of stuff that is not on spotify that i wanted to add too but I won’t bother with all these different platforms because thats a load of work, so listen to this spotify list now.
Looking Glass is a singles series that demonstrates discovery, diversity, and collaboration with artists both from and not far from Mexican Summer’s family tree. All Bandcamp proceeds from Looking Glass will filter straight back to the artist, or a charity of their choice. In the past they where releases from some really cool artists.
Some of my favourite artists like Kikagaku Moyo and and Ariel Pink have already released a single. But now we get a track from the German brothers Tonstartssbandht and this makes me so happy. since their latest release ‘Sorcerer’ I have been waiting very patiently for new music. A track from ‘Sorcerer’ is in my absolute essentials list.
Now this new track is called ‘Olde Feelings’ in as all I hopen for. the dreamy vibe and trippy guitar work an floaty vocals makes this a really good Tonstartssbandht track. Listen to it, enjoy it and check out some other tracks from Looking Glass while you are here.
“Type II” is out on Rocket Recordings! The album by Sex Swing (members an contributers from Mugstar, Bonnacons of a Doom, Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Earth, Dead Neanderthalls and Idles and who the hell knows who else) is released and is a ominous feast. The music Sex Swing makes is something in the psych/noise/postpunk spectrum but it is pretty bleak, their is an unnerving atmopshere throughout the whole album. The thing that does it most for me is the sax in the music, the music is already very layered but with the addition of Colin Webster’s sax the music is downright scary. This album has a lot of dimensions and is one of those albums you need to listen to a couple of times to hear how good it actually is, all these different artist have put their signature wich makes it extremely original and a true feast to listen too.
Browsing through the internet I found this band called Tambourinen and lord, this instrumental band is absolutely gorgeous. Their music is hypnotic krautrock but it is so fuzzed out it still has a heavy feel to it. very trippy stuff. I recommend this to every psych fan. This is the side project by Grant Beyschau of The Myrrors
Now, this band has has stepped it up quite a notch. Their new stuff is called “Holy Shit” and is just a riff feast. Elements of psych, stoner, spacerock and noise are all there and fit as good as the shoe fits on cinderalla. The album hits as hard emotionally as the death of Bambi or the loss felt in 1988 classic movie l’ours. The psychedelic riffs make me feel as high as Carl Fredricksen in Up. You get the picture I guess. Now what else is remarkable is all the times we see the word shit in this EP and another word i did not know was Fatberg. So what do you do if you are ignorant or stupid? You wiki it ofcourse.
“A fatberg is a congealed mass in a sewer system formed by the combination of flushed non-biodegradable solid matter, such as wet wipes, and congealed grease or cooking fat.Fatbergs became a problem in the 2010s in Britain, because of ageing Victorian sewers and the rise in usage of disposable (so-called “flushable”) cloths.”
“Shit is a word generally considered to be vulgar and profane in Modern English. As a noun, it refers to fecal matter, and as a verb it means to defecate; in the plural (“the shits”), it means diarrhoea. Shite is a common variant in British and Irish English. As a slang term, it has many meanings, including: nonsense, foolishness, something of little value or quality, trivial and usually boastful or inaccurate talk or a contemptible person. It could also be used to refer to any other noun in general or as an expression of annoyance, surprise or anger.”
I have said like everything that is needed right?
Sacred Bones has always been an special label, the name brings up somthing magical in me, their bands are so wide on the musical spectrum, between experimental an dreamy, it is just amazing to look in to everything and discover all this gems. Now they released a various artists compilation to To celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the self-titled Black Sabbath album and ‘Paranoid called ‘What Is This That Stands Before Me?’. The thing that is immediatly clear and shows why the bands on the label and ofcourse the label itself are so special is because these covers are so unique, each artist truly made a song in their own style, not like many covers just mimic the track but they truly blended and molded the songs in their own way. Just listen to the first song by The Soft Moon, it is an industrial version of the track ‘Black Sabbath’ and then you know you are in for a ride. An 80 techno russian like version? A sludgemetal one or a dark pop version. Some close to recognizing the original some far away. How Hillary Woods molds N.I.B. into her own version is almost sacred. Zola Jesus doing changes gives me the chills and Moon Duo, wich is one of my favourite bands takes care of one of my favourite tracks. And ending with a brutal industrial take from Uniform. This is a label and bands that are extremely professional and good at what they do.
Looking Glass is a singles series that demonstrates discovery, diversity, and collaboration with artists both from and not far from Mexican Summer’s family tree. All Bandcamp proceeds from Looking Glass will filter straight back to the artist, or a charity of their choice. In the past they where releases from Conan Mockassin, Sessa and Matchess.
This time it is Kikagaku Moyo with a new psychedelic track called ‘Ouchi Time’ wich means ‘Time in the house’. Check out their previous twotrack release too and the other Looking Glass tracks.
Elder has released some incredible stuff over the years, but lately they seem too experiment with their sound. “The Gold and Silver Sessions” was an album that was more psychedelic wich fitted more on Fuzzy Sun than this new thing but I still prefer the heavy riffed doomlike Elder from long ago. Now, normally I am a big fan of experimenting and changing sounds but this is all wrong for me. I expect heaviness from Elder, I expect high psychedelia with riffs and strong vocals. But on this new album ‘Omens’ everything of the good stuff is gone, I can’t seem to find a good riff, the vocals are really weak. They seem to have changed in a bad progmetal band. I see a lot of praise for this album around the web so I am glad lots of people like it but this is not the Elder I want.
It is time for the third Sex Swing track before the release of their album “Type II” on May 15 on Rocket Recordings. Over the years they had members from Mugstar, Bonnacons of a Doom, Part Chimp, Dethscalator, Earth, Dead Neanderthalls and Idles and I don’t know who else. Their first track was called “Valentine’s Day At The Gym”, the second “The Passover” and now their released their third track “Skimmington Ride”. The band continues on the track of fuzzed out and noisy experimental psychedelia. This occult sounding track has something of an eerie hypnotic vibe to it, their music is quite addictive and, honestly, gives me a bit of the creeps.
The Tokyo psych rockers Joseph of Kirezi make fuzzed out psych and new they are back with two new tracks that they released in March. The band has some pretty cool tunes released in the past and these new two are self recorded but of really good quality. The first track “Acid Wave” is epic psychedelic rock, raging solos and trippy vibes.The second track “Hirasaka” is 8 minutes long and is something between an epic heavy psych track and mellow cosmic tunes. The bend is together with a whole lot of other Japanese heaviness on my Cosmic List.
The Brazilian band BIKE has been releasing some excellent music in the past. Highly hypnotic psych rock of superb quality. They shared the video from the track “Boca Do Sol” from their previous album “Quarto Templo” a while ago wich was released November last year. It is always good to revisit some Bike. Be sure to check out the rest of that great album.