Articles by Martyn Coppack
Pontiak are at that point where they can pretty much do what they like and their fans will follow. They may be settling into a future of craft ales but it certainly hasn’t harmed their music making. In fact, you could even say it has revitalised them
Whether Orange Clocks are the band for you or not you’ll be hard-pushed to find a more original album this year.
‘Inerte’ is the kind of album that creeps up on you. It’s inbuilt familiarity brought on by the obvious influences enables you to fall in step with the band easy enough.
Psych music should always be about exploring the confines of the song that has been created and Hills have certainly grasped that
Song Of The Rose sits well with the rest of Arbouretum’s music and its dependable Grizzly Adams nature is a reminder that beyond politics and pain, America is a country of wonderful beauty and power.
One gets the image of Dwyer hunkered over his synths almost like a mad scientist. Synths bubble and boil whilst Dwyer throws the knobs and switches to create ever more mysterious magic.
It’s early doors for 2017 but provided we all survive this year, Gnoomes should easily find Tschak at the top of those dastardly albums of the year lists. Exceptional.
In anyone else’s hands this whole concept would have failed badly. On paper it has all the traits that made prog rock such a parodied genre. In Beggs’ hands and through The Mute Gods, he creates a piece of work which at times is simply stunning.
Coming so soon of the back of their excellent debut, this is an extraordinarily confident piece of music, which takes their sound into ever different avenues.
It’s a dense album and can take a good few listens before it sinks in. There’s a kind of addictiveness to it that makes you want to seek out more nuances, no doubt helped by the otherworldly shift in melodies which remain just out of reach to the listener.
An exceptional night of music from one of the finest bands in the UK and surely now it is time for the rest of the world to take notice?
Blackfield V is an album to sink into. Much of it tends to creep up on you when you are least expecting it. On the surface, many of the songs sound thin but once they start to settle you start to realise the many layers that are here
There’s a lot of nooks and crannies but ultimately it’s just a great little pop album and anyone with an interest in 60’s psych would do well to go here.
POW! take a hardcore punk ethic, dress it up in a futuristic sound, mellow it with some day-glo melodies then let it loose.
The new kings have risen and the world is once again on edge. Has there ever been a more relevant time for Pink Floyd’s oft forgotten opus?
The Underground Youth have never shied away from making music that hits you in the gut and the heart. By broadening their sound they have become that much more powerful.
If you want to experience what true psych is then you simply need to listen to Earthling Society. Each release provides something different and Zen Bastard can stand tall amongst them.
Very rarely a band comes along which stops you in your tracks. Once & Future Band are certainly one of them and we look forward to seeing what they produce next.
Whilst the roots of the music are plain to see, the pure vitality that races through this album makes it one of unexpected intensity and joy.
For all his panderings a retro nostalgia, Segall remains very much of the now and whilst he is steeped in rock and roll classicism, his incessant urge to create and recreate pushes through.
No Handshake Blues won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you are looking for a gloriously miserable start to 2017 then you need look no further. Grab yourself a whiskey, some stale cheese from the cupboard and a mirror, listen and ponder your existence.