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tiistai 16. tammikuuta 2018

Psychic Lemon - Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay

Tonzonen Records (TON034)

 Psychic Lemon is a rather new band who rehearse and record in a small home studio five minutes walk from Syd Barrett's old place. They released their magnificent debut album in 2016 and took the modern psych rock scene by storm. This new album will be released on limited vinyl and CD next week and is even better in my opinion. There are only three members now but it has not slowed them down, on the contrary. If your main influences are Goat, Hawkwind and Amon Düül II and you have cool, fresh ideas of your own, what could possibly go wrong?

The opener "Exit to the Death Lane" starts off with groovy ethnic percussion that is soon joined by hypnotic guitar riffs. This track sounds like a hybrid of Goat and 90s UK indie psych rock bands like Loop or The Telescopes, very cool. "Hey Droog!" is pretty similar in style and again we get some groovy rhythms and heavy, mind-melting guitar that also gets rather noisy. Wow! "You're No Good" has a mesmerizing and motorik beat and reminds me of bands like Lumerians in their party mode. I also enjoy the hypnotic vocals and the free-jazz sax gives a nice extra vibe. One of the highlights for sure! On side B we've got two long, more experimental instrumentals "Interstellar Fuzz Star" is pretty far-out stuff and I can hear some Hawkwind and early Pink Floyd jams in here. Very nice! On the last, slower, spacey and experimetal piece "Satori Disco" the spirit of Amon Düül II shines through. I'm sure this album will be on my top list for 2018, it really is that good. Check out for yourself!

maanantai 15. tammikuuta 2018

Helsinki Psych Fest this Saturday!

I've been asked to dj at the first ever Helsinki Psych Fest on 20th of January. This whole festival was put together in two weeks so the organizers had a really tight time schedule for everything. I tried to help getting some foreign (and Finnish) psych bands involved but to no avail. Everyone was too busy.

Anyway, we will have a cool event with some great Finnish bands and since there was no big investments needed the fest is TOTALLY FREE!

The fest will happen at Gloria (Pieni Roobertinkatu 12). The venue is decorated with awesome UV decorations for the whole January so it will look really special... There will be a lot of cool psychedelic details everywhere, come and see it for yourself...

Here's the Facebook event:

There will also be a pre-party on Friday, also without entry fee:

sunnuntai 14. tammikuuta 2018

The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol - Droneverdose

Cardinal Fuzz / Birdman Sound (CF092)

I first heard about this Canadian psych rock band in 2015 when I got their Masters of the Molehill album for a review. They have been making their instrumental impro/kraut/punk/spacerock oriented noise since 2008, though. Some of their releases are more or less just wild, lo-fi rehearsal space jams, but some, like this new one, are proper studio albums. I think the majority of the music is still based on improvisation, but you can tell that they have made some arrangements and dubbing for the final tracks. I got to say I prefer this little bit more sophisticated approach, and it's good to hear the band's music in high quality studio sound. It still has the same energy and vibe, I think.

The 42-minute album has five tracks, some of them short, some of them long. The groovy, mid-tempo "Earworm" starts off the party and I'm immediately in love. It's heavy and wild enough, but still stays together and starts to rock out faster towards the end. "Snoreland" is the shortest number at just under three minutes, and it's a pretty heavy, punky blast. "Gaussian Blur & Beach Debris" ends the A side of the album and has a fun, groovy beat at the beginning. Things get rather spacey, hypnotic and experimental on the journey and after ten minutes you start to feel pretty disoriented and hazy not knowing what hit you... Wow! We also get some chanting styled vocals at the beginning of "118" and the peaceful droney stuff brings to mind AMT a bit. Before the two-minute marker an energetic bass line ends the floating and off we go. Some cool jamming follows, and later on the track cools down again with some more chanting and drone. Very nice! The last piece "Tsunami Of Bullshit" is the longest at 15:30. The start is very ambient but rocking starts after three minutes. There's a lot of great stuff in this one when the band gets into their space rock mode. We'll also get experimental freak-outs, so don't worry... Excellent! This is a must-have album for all those into modern free-form heavy psych/kraut/space rock with a raw, punky edge. There will only be 300 copies of the LP so be fast when the preorder starts very soon!

FoneZ - Oscilador

Lo-Fi Records (LFR027)

FoneZ is a cool modern post/space/krautrock band from Córdoba, Argentina, and as far as I know, Oscilador is their first full-length album to be released on CD. Unlike most of the South American bands that I've heard recently, they don't rely on heavy, distorted guitar riffs and crushing rhythms. Their thing is neat, spacey synthesizers, dreamy soundscapes and hypnotic, motorik beat and I like that.

Most of the seven tracks on the album are instrumental, or almost instrumental like the very nice opener "AX100". This one reminds me of Finnish band Avaruuskorpraali Paha Hirvi. "Mezcia" is another hypnotic synthesizer-driven krautrocker that also has vocals in Spanish. "1° De Mayo" is a little slower, has some guitar melody and is closer to some of the post-rock bands. "Grober" is a short, spacey kraut/synth piece that rings to mind Kosmischer Läufer or Eat Lights Become Lights and "Hidro" continues the hypnotic going. Th almost nine-minute "La Visión" is a dreamy, droney and hazy song with soft vocals and strong Spacemen 3 vibe. I like it a lot! The last track "San Pedro" is a really cool, psychedelic, atmospheric and trancey piece that I love. This one gives you a clear vision for sure... Oscilador is a highly enjoyable, well produced album and my only complaints are that it's not (at least not yet...) available on vinyl and it's a bit short at around 30 minutes in length. Check it out!

perjantai 29. joulukuuta 2017

Astral Visions #77 Mixcloud Show now online!

It's been a great year what comes to music! Here's my last show this year, have fun...


  • 1 You're No Good (from Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay)by Psychic Lemon
  • 2 The Same Sun (from The Same Sun 7")by The Pretty Things
  • 3 Ring the Albanian (from S/T)by Helicon
  • 4 Follow Mw (from Follow Me)by More Experience
  • 5 Strange Space (from Intro / Outro)by Moths & Locusts
  • 6 San Pedro (from Oscilador)by Fonez
  • 7 Sunrizer (from Quiet Pass)by Sleeping Pandora
  • 8 The Storm (from Before the Storm 7")by Into the Sky
  • 9 Steve Machine (from Thought Zero)by Crystal Cloisters
  • 10 United Fruit (from V/A - Return Of Son Of Gutbucket - An Underground Canadian Psych Explosion)by Shooting Guns
  • 11 Deep Throat River Holy Mountain High (from Freak Out Orgasm!)by Hibushibire
  • 12 Light of Love (from Dark Weave)by Mark McDowell
  • 13 The Orange Coat (from Mushroom Mantras)by Vibravoid
  • 14 Even Though My Mouth Is Silent (Chromlech Chronicles II)by Sendelica

The best albums of 2017!

This is my top 30 of foreign studio albums this year, in alphabetical order:

3rd Ear Experience ‎– Stones Of A Feather
Anthroprophh ‎– SRR 2.5 Special Love Songs For Hard-Working People In Alarm Clock Britain
The Black Angels ‎– Death Song
Blown Out ‎– Superior Venus
Chrome – Techromancy 
The Cosmic Dead ‎– Psych Is Dead
Cosmic Trickers ‎– Homo Fraktaliens
Earthling Society ‎– Zen Bastard
Ecstatic Vision ‎– Raw Rock Fury
Electric Moon ‎– Stardust Rituals 
Electric Orange - EOXXV 
Grails ‎– Chalice Hymnal
Hawklords ‎– Six
Hawkwind ‎– Into The Woods
Helicon ‎– S/T
Julie's Haircut ‎– Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin 
Uffe Lorenzen ‎– Galmandsværk
John McBain ‎– Accidental Soundtracks Vol. 1
Moon Duo ‎– Occult Architecture Vol. 1 & 2
Moths & Locusts ‎– Intro/Outro
The Myrrors ‎– Hasta La Victoria
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate ‎– Thunderbolt Of Flaming Wisdom
Sendelica ‎– Lilacs Out of the Deadlands
The Sonic Shamen ‎– Tribute to Lemmy
Nik Turner ‎– Life In Space 
Vert:x ‎– From Now to Now
Vespero ‎– Shum-Shir 
White Manna ‎– Bleeding Eyes
Vibravoid ‎– Mushroom Mantras
Øresund Space Collective ‎– Hallucinations Inside The Oracle

And here's my top 10 Finnish albums in 2017:

Circle ‎– Terminal
Deep Space Destructors ‎– Psychedelogy
Hisko Detria ‎– Mal Du Siècle
Mikko Joensuu ‎– Amen 3
Kairon; IRSE! ‎– Ruination
PH ‎– Eternal Hayden
Siinai ‎– Sykli 
Soft Power ‎– In a Brown Study
Steel Mammoth ‎– Atomic Oblivion
Warp Transmission ‎– Tamám Shud 

sunnuntai 10. joulukuuta 2017

Sendelica - Cromlech Cronicles II

Strange Fish (strange fish 10)

Welsh psych heads Sendelica returned in summer 2016 to Mwnci studio beside the ancient burial cromlech in West Wales. One year before they came up with the magical Cromlech Chronicles album (check out my review) and this is a natural successor to that great album. Like usual, they invited some friends with them and the instrumentation is now even more varied than usual with lots of cello, saxophone, Tibetan singing bowls, shaman drums, sansula, ting sha, mbira etc. Although the album is almost instrumental, there is also female chanting in Sanskrit, for example! As you might have guessed, the overal atmosphere on the album is very ambient, laid-back and atmospheric, and there is actually NO hard space rocking at all. I can live with that, since the album has a sacred, ancient and mystical vibe that I really enjoy. If you liked the guitar player Pete's recent The Fellowship of Hallucinatory Voyagers project, you will also dig this for sure.

There are only two, side-long tracks on the album: "Ripples of the Megaliths" and "Even Though My Mouth Is Silent". Both are based on improvisation and flow somewhere in ether like some mystical tides from the past. The electronics enhance the spacey mood. It's all very soft, melancholic, sort of jazzy and ethereal and there is not much guitar to be heard. All in all, if you want to chill out and float in magical atmospheres, this album is for you.