Articles by Martyn Coppack
Taken on its own, Night Lands is excellent but taken as part of the Dead Sea Apes trip, it’s nothing short of magnificent and forms an essential part of a jigsaw of music which continues to develop.
For us here at E&D towers, well, this is our morning cup of tea quite frankly, and use it to as a wake up call on our morning car journey to work.
It’s a culmination of all the ideas that have led to the formation of Taras Bulba, the need to break new boundaries in their music, and to enable a future where new avenues of music can be explored with no restrictions.
To write about all the nooks and crannies of this quite wonderful album would be to spoil half the fun though, and depending on the life you have led, you will certainly find a different experience based on your own situation.
It’s chaotic, loud, gothic and brutal, but most of all a perfect example of where space rock is right now.
Whether by plan or accident, Drive-By Truckers seemed to have arrived as a band for the moment in US history, and their recent songs have struck a political resonance which firmly entrenches them in the times.
It shows a band who are totally in tune with each other, as they instinctively create a sound made for triggering your mind into a trance. In fact, for all your staring into the distance in awe moments, PHP have it all nailed down.
For those willing to seek further into what psychedelic music can mean then this is a perfect reminder that outside the underground is another layer of music which simply doesn’t fit anywhere.
More than anything, 10000 Russos make you feel alive and if that’s not worth the price of admission then you need to ask yourself serious questions.
Say hello to your new friend, Psychic Lemon. They are here to make you discover yourself.
There is little else that exists within music which sound anything like Alison’s playing, and for that she remains a rather singular talent. This release presents yet another piece in a wonderful jigsaw of music.
It’s been quite a year for instrumental psych albums already but Moon Ra can certainly add their name to the ever growing clamour of space explorers.
It sounds unlike anything else out there at the moment, and with the added colours of sax and pedal steel, only All Them Witches may lay claim to being a close companion in weird gothic countrified, free form jazz psych.
Resident Psychonaut and Deadhead Martyn Coppack asks the questions. Garcia Peoples’ Andy Cush, Derek Spaldo, and Danny Arakaki answer the call.
Less a bunch of songs, and more of a mood piece, the mood they strike is one of intense psychedelic heaviness.
Garcia Peoples may wear their influences on their sleeves, but over three albums they have evolved into one of the most exciting bands on this planet.
In the main the album works well, and long time followers of Julie’s Haircut will no doubt lap it up. When it’s good, it is the sound of your heart racing and the adrenaline pumping, during its slow moments you do find your interest waning
That he has turned Let It Burn into a celebration of rock and roll too, speaks volumes for the continued embrace of the kind of music you used to find in your parents record collection
This is music which could go on forever, as the guitar spools out its tricks and the storytelling lyrics pull you into a world of good times, bad times, and all other times.
Hopefully more of this type of thing will continue to surface as it joins some rather important dots between the early psych freak-outs and the new psych movement.
Hell, fuck it, this is the best damn album they have ever done, and a shoo-in for best psych album of the year, surely. We’ll see, but it’ll take some beating.