Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music inspired or influenced by 1960’s culture and mind-altering experiences. It often uses new recording techniques and effects, and sometimes draws on sources such as the ragas and drones of Indian music. Pioneers of the genre include the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Yardbirds. Also, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Doors and Pink Floyd. This list is a compilation of contemporary psychedelic musicians:
FoodComputer – What If Nothing Turned to Gray Today? – download – FoodComputer is the best! The bio on their website reads simply: “Just pretend we don’t exist and enjoy the music.” I love that. Their influences are mainly The Cure, The Grateful Dead, Grace Slick, The late great Nina Simone, Pink Floyd and Patti Smith. Shift your consciousness and listen to this album one night when you’re at home. Sit back, and enjoy the journey it will take you on.
Pip – Woodbine – download – Pip’s quietly elegant debut album, entitled Woodbine, which is, yes, a reference to the Lord of the Rings, will send you into a daydreamy revery. The instrumentals are ancient and lullaby-like, while the singer’s voice is rich and clear. Some of the songs feature flutes, but a few are more modern. This is not a psychedelic fairy album from rural England, but perhaps something more reminiscent of the most idyllic 1960’s.
Micka French – Porn Times – download – This French album was especially made for fans for Pink Floyd and Duane Eddy. In “An Ode to Betty Page”, the music starts minimally, with just a few twangs from the bass guitar, some eery chimes in the background, and slowly the melody creeps in. It is a beautiful slow psychedelic ballad of the highest quality.
Closed – Closed – download – Closed is a strange little band from Oklahoma City. Simultaneous with some irreconcilable personal differences between the band members, they reached their creative zenith in the summer of 2001. This happened right around the dissolution of the punk community there. What came to be the bands final public appearance was a performance in early 2001 at a benefit for a local girl who had been murdered by an officer of the law with a violent record. Little is known about their whereabouts today.
Peach Hat – Wasted Days – download – Peach hat is a psychedelic rock band based out of Stony Brook, New York. They write songs about whatever whenever where ever. The first song on this album begins: “Do you want a slice of Pizza?” and then it just gets weird and good. I especially like to listen to this type of music when I’m driving in my car or when I’m tired at the end of the week.
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