Review: Civilian Zen - 'Tell Lie Vision (Remastered Edition)' (Released February 10, 2016)

Tell Lie Vision is an epic concept album that veers back and forth between dystopian and apocalyptic themes explored through explosive space rock tunes and deep ambient excursions. Originally released in 2014, this newly issued remastered edition contains nine bonus tracks. UK trio Civilian Zen was formed in 2006, and consists of Keith Hill, also of Signified, Oceanfire, Vert:X and others on vocals, guitars, synths, fx, programming, hammond organ, mellotron, and samples; Mark Andrew Broster on bass, poetry, and vocals and Ralph Woerdenweber on drums and vocals. Their music is clearly influenced by Hawkwind in many ways, and yet, one does not get the feeling of listening to Hawkwind when list

Review: Psychic Lemon - 's/t' (Released March 4, 2016)

Storming out of a small studio in the back of a garden in Cambridge, UK, the four-piece unit Psychic Lemon have released certainly one of the most kick-ass amazing psychedelic records I’ve so far heard this year. It’s all the more remarkable being that the self-titled album is the band’s debut. Band members Andrew Briston (guitar, vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar), Andrew Hibberd (bass), George Horler (guitar, vocals, slide guitar), and Martin Law (drums, percussion) play with breathtaking energy and top-notch chops, but never let it get too overly slick sounding, maintaining the raw energy of live music. And while citing influences such as Syd Barrett, The Heads, Goat, and Amon Duul II, t

Tales of a Veteran Cosmic Rocker

Welcome friends to my new blog, Psychedelic Waves. The idea here is to create a blog about psychedelic music and related styles that is more than just a review blog. To be sure, there will be reviews of new albums, but also, hopefully, some fresh insight on some older albums, plus news, interviews, opinion articles, and the thing that I hope will make my blog a little different: I plan on sharing little anecdotes from my musical life. I love telling stories, and I have a lot of them to tell. I encourage you to join me on this musical journey, to not just learn about the latest grooves in psychedelic rock, but to experience what writer Tom Knox called ‘psychic music’. This is more the music o

Jeff Fitzgerald

is a writer, musician and broadcaster. He formerly hosted the radio shows

Electronic Realizations on CKMS-FM and Prog World and  River Gibbs FM. He wrote for 15 years for the webzine Aural Innovations. He is also one half of the space prog duo The Star Diaries, one half of the electronic music duo Systems of Wonder, and is part of the Arcturus Strange collective.

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