Listening to “The Earflower Experiment’s” music is like taking a spiritual journey. Whether that journey be enlightening or nightmarish, one thing is certain, not a second of this music is wasted on filler, and you will feel this music and experience it’s cinematic epicness, and there’s always a climactic conclusion to each song. Sole member Astaaq Ahmed has released yet another new track under his “The Earflower Experiment” project that sets the bar very high for artists exploring the realms of “Psychedelic” and “Experimental” Rock. The track is titled “Grow,” and it features frequent collaborator Aman Saxena. You can listen to “Grow” below:
Venice Beach duo “Movie Club” have been releasing E.P. after E.P. of skillfully structured instrumentals rich in California soaked “Rock” that would catch the attention of fans of “Psychedelia” and “Stoner Rock” since last year. Following their recent E.P. Man O’ War, the band are set to release their debut full-length album Black Flamingo in November. Today the band have shared the album’s first single “Thunder,” and it is another groovy tune that finds the duo doing what they do best, rocking our faces off. The track features bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Black Crowes). You can listen to “Thunder” below:
South East London duo “Normal Average People” have released their second single “Lemo // Memo.” This follows their debut “Baggy Ankles.” Proving the band have immense versatility, “Lemo // Memo” is more melodic than its raucously confrontational predecessor, and features a hint of 60’s Psychedelia all while maintaining their Alternative/Post-Punk style. “Lemo // Memo” will appear on the band’s upcoming E.P. The Moon Salon which will be released on August 26th via “Blitzcat Records.” The E.P. is named after the rehearsal space of the bar members Sam and Emil used to work at where they would sneak back in after the bar would close and bring out amps they had hidden during the week. This is going to be a wild E.P. to say the least. You can listen to “Lemo // Memo” below:
“King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard” have shared a new song titled “Honey,” and it’s sure to please fans of Flying Microtonal Banana, an album that found the band exploring the many wonders of microtonal tuning. Though the track might come off as a b-side or a bonus track on a deluxe edition of the album, it still sounds very much like The Gizz, which is never a bad thing, and it takes us back to an era where the band were at the height of their creativity. I mean, the band released five albums in one year. Remember that? “Honey” also has a music video to accompany it, which according to the band was “shot at sunset during the apocalypse with a reeeeeeal long lens.” You can watch the music video for “Honey” below:
Artist: The Earflower Experiment
Song: Emerge (feat. Aman Saxena)
Genre: Alternative Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Indie Rock
New Delhi artist Astaaq Ahmed has proven himself to be an imaginative visionary with his project “The Earflower Experiment.” His music tells a story while he instrumentally delves into a myriad of genres that maintains his Psychedelic Folk style but isn’t limited as he incorporates clever production techniques and sound design. His new track “Emerge” featuring producer Aman Saxena solidifies his talent. On this track he metaphorically sings from the perspective of someone escaping an ocean as he nearly drowns, and this symbolizes getting out of a toxic relationship. While he sings over melancholy acoustic guitar, we hear waves and splashes from this metaphorical ocean as the track builds into a feeling of being reborn as he is now free. The track then smoothly transitions into a guitar lead final act that can be compared to a band like “Pink Floyd” as the Psychedelia makes itself more prominent and closes the book of this beautifully sentimental story. This is Ahmed at his most vulnerable, and yet he embraces the negative aspects of this relationship embedded in toxicity to recognize his self-worth. This is thoughtful music at its best.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Artist: Movie Club
EP: Man O’ War
Genre: Instrumental/Garage Rock/Psychedelic Rock
There’s nothing like witnessing a band perform. The chemistry between every member, the ideas that are bounced off each other as each member brings their own distinct quality to the table, it’s a beautiful thing to see and hear, but what’s even more impressive is when a band only has two members. Of course duos are nothing new, but when two people can create a sound that gives off the illusion that you’re listening to a quartet, it’s a massive accomplishment. Meet “Movie Club,” an instrumental duo hailing from Venice Beach, CA. Consisting of members Jessamyn Violet on drums and Vince Cuneo on guitar, their chemistry is infectious as their seamless interplay makes you wonder if they share the same brain. Their new E.P. Man O’ War is no exception. The duo flirt heavily with “Psychedelic Rock” on this record, which feels like a natural progression, and they’ve even incorporated bass thanks to musician Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Black Crowes). With this sound the band takes you on a journey with each song, a journey that feels cinematic, which is fitting considering the band’s name. As a matter of fact, the band’s appreciation for film is especially apparent in the music videos for the tracks “Moonbow” and “Bones” which features recurring mysterious white wolves who chase the duo in a Horror inspired style. The band never wastes a second on this E.P. as every track has enough change-ups to veer away from boring repetition, but at the same time they don’t bombard you with over-ambitious grandiosity as these are jams you can sit back and relax to without being surprised by an abrupt dramatic transition. These tracks flow smoothly, but at the same time they’re a spiritual journey if you want to ingest it that way. This E.P. can be a journey, it can be your new favorite music to chill out and smoke a doobie to, or it can be the soundtrack to your commute, walk, or exercise, whatever it may be to you, you can count on this E.P. to never be boring.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Artist: Tame Impala
Album: The Slow Rush
Genre: Psychedelic Pop/Electronic/Disco
Label: Island Records
It seems as if “Tame Impala” have had acclaim from the start. Lead by sole member Kevin Parker who composes and arranges the majority of the music, “Tame Impala” has been an inescapable name in both the “Indie Rock” world and the “Pop” world, but what “Tame Impala” once was is not entirely the same as what “Tame Impala” is now, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Kevin Parker we knew back during the time of the Psychedelic-heavy Innerspeaker, and the vulnerable Kevin Parker we knew on the introspective Lonerism, an album that was a voice for the lonely and those whom suffer from society’s misguided view on introversion is now a new Kevin Parker, but he hasn’t abandoned introspection and vulnerability. In fact, the majority of the tracks on his new album The Slow Rush are incredibly introspective with lyrical themes heavy on existentialism and nostalgia, but at this point in time it sounds like Parker is instrumentally more concerned with making us dance, trading in the LSD-soaked Psychedelia and fuzzy guitars of his early work for lush synths and Electro-Pop melodies drawing from Funk, Disco, and Synth-Pop. Very much like what he was doing on his previous album Currents, and there lies the good and bad of The Slow Rush. Not much has changed on this album, which prompts one to believe that Parker is either playing it safe, or truly isn’t finished experimenting with this sound but isn’t reaching anything that is breaking new ground. Though both albums are cut from the same cloth, The Slow Rush isn’t without it’s gems. The opening track “One More Year” is a message to the fear of life becoming stagnant, “Breathe Deeper” is a lush and sexy banger with a refrain that will stick in your head for days, and “It Might Be Time” features a surprising contrast of joyful instrumentation and existentialist lyrics. However, a lot of these tracks sound like Currents throwaways and don’t quite deliver anything memorable or anything that keeps them from being disposable. That isn’t to say this album isn’t a smooth listen though, because when this album shines, it SHINES, and much of it is cohesive, but I feel like the next “Tame Impala” album needs to be vastly different, or Parker needs to hone this style and create an album with consistent replay value.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Following their string-heavy and largely produced album The Soft Parade, “The Doors” got down to brass tacks with their follow-up Morrison Hotel. On this album the band went even further down the drunk and Bluesy road the band had been hinting at on prior releases, leading to a combination of the band’s signature “Psychedelic Rock” and whisky-soaked bar Rock that playfully sounded like the band having a good ol’ drunken time at your local dive bar on a Friday night. Though this album more often than not gets overshadowed by the more superior releases in the band’s catalog, this album spawned some essential tunes like “Roadhouse Blues” and “Waiting for the Sun,” and was a stepping stone toward the ultimate Blues the band had perfected on their following album L.A. Woman. Happy Anniversary.
Tame Impala are set to release their long-awaited album The Slow Rush on February 14th. Today the band released another new track off the upcoming album titled “Lost In Yesterday,” and much like their previous singles the track is a groovy laid-back jam that doesn’t exactly break new ground, but is easy on the ears and is as moody as it is danceable. You can listen to “Lost In Yesterday” below:
On this day in 1979 “Pink Floyd” released their legendary Rock opera The Wall. Though this was the point where member Roger Waters took it upon himself to take complete control of the band, which slowly diminished the rest of the band’s creative input, (he even fired pivotal member Richard Wright) this album still came out to be one of music’s most iconic concept albums. This album is an extensive cinematic experience that tells the story of a burnt out Rock star named Pink who begins to isolate himself from society which leads to his descent into madness. The character of Pink was based on Roger Waters himself and former member Syd Barrett. The album can be a bit pretentious, but the narrative of Pink’s mental downfall is captivating. The instrumentation was a lot more stripped back, which made room for the album’s narrative, but the theatrical and climactic moments added to the intensity of the album. In my opinion this was the band’s final masterpiece, but it also was the point where the band slowly began to fall apart, regardless of the creative differences and egos that plagued the band, their discography is the stuff of innovative legends, and The Wall is one of the best concept albums ever recorded. Happy Anniversary.