February 21, 2019

I’ve had this song ‘Mr. Evil’ and its flipside ‘Egypt’ on my playlist all week. The brand-new single from Edmonton, Canada’s The Spanish Flies has this deliciously weird and almost paranoid vibe to it. But, intriguingly, the song is actually about escaping your own evil. Buoyed along by a slinky bass line and a mellow, but infectious groove, Mr. Evil is just the kind of song to warm up your chilly February and get you dancing. And be sure to check out the ‘flipside’ song ‘Egypt’, a languid and dreamy instrumental with a memorable melodic riff; the perfect complement to its A side song.

You can stream or download the single from The Spanish Flies' Bandcamp site at: https://thespanishflies.bandcamp.com/album/mr-...

Guitarist Tim Mungenast has been exploring psychedelic and avant-garde music in his own unique way for many years now. His unconventional guitar style is powerfully creative and he has delved into everything from eccentric song-based pop on his early albums to completely improvised psychedelic music both on his own and with his band Timworld to ambient and experimental jazz. In recent years Tim has become involved with the warped and crazy world of Astro Al, as both a guest player and a collaborator. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Birth of Monsters. I had the recent pleasure of catching up with Tim via e-mail, and what follows is a very candid, funny and in-depth interview on hi...

December 29, 2018

I started this year’s Top 30 with a shortlist of over 100 albums! So much great stuff came out this year. So you know that this list represents the very best of the best. As always, there is no objective criteria here. These are just the albums I've personally enjoyed the most this year. And of course, I'm just one person, so obviously I didn't have a chance to listen to everything. This list includes only new studio albums, not live albums, compilations or re-issues.

30. Dream Machine - Temple of Dreams

UK psych/space rockers return with their first studio album in 10 years. Swirling, hypnotic psych that is food for the soul, with Jon Egan’s many flutes giving it a rich, exotic flavour.

29. Black Moon Circle - Psych...

King Black Acid were one of the fixtures of the psych scene in the late 90’s and early 2000’s with classic albums such as the classic Sunlit (1996) and the mesmerizing Loves a Long Song (2000). Under the guidance of its mastermind, Daniel Riddle, the collective re-defined psychedelia and spacerock for the modern ear, from the languid, mysterious and haunting epics of their early career that often reached 20-minutes or more in length, to the more precise and focused, often anthemic songs of later releases, such as the collection of songs they wrote and performed for the soundtrack to the 2002 Richard Gere supernatural movie The Mothman Prophecies.

Things grew a bit quiet after that for King Black Acid, at least in t...

September 12, 2018

Full Disclosure: I was personally involved in this project, having contributed a track to Vol. 6. However, up until release, I had heard only a few of the tracks that appear on these compilations.

So, there we have it. Intergalactic Moonloonies Invade Mushroom Hill was a project organized by Dave Pearson of computerchemist as a benefit to raise money for the Aquarian Moons internet radio show, done by Paul Higgins, aka The Electric Gypsy. Paul has enthusiastically supported the psych/space/electronic music community for years, buying much of the music himself to play on his radio show. So, this project was designed as both a thank you from many of the musicians he has supported, and a benefit to help him to keep bu...

August 15, 2018

Here’s a band that hails from my neck of the woods. The Spanish Flies are from Edmonton, Canada. Led by Peruvian born guitarist Fel Gamarra, The Spanish Flies pump out a catchy blend of highly energetic power pop and psychedelic rock. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait is the second EP released by the band (their first, Ignorance is Bliss, came out at the tail end of 2016).

Things ‘get going’ with the infectious opening track Get Going, with it’s warm, summery vibe, driving beat, spacey vocal chorus and reverb laden guitar. Second track, Psycho Trip, is a deliriously narcotic, 60’s influenced psych rocker that lives up to its name with acid drenched surf guitar and trippy, echoing vocals. It’s also pretty insanely...

August 15, 2018

Full Disclosure: I was personally involved in this project, having contributed a track to Vol. 6. However, up until release, I had heard only a few of the tracks that appear on these compilations.

So, there we have it. Intergalactic Moonloonies Invade Mushroom Hill was a project organized by Dave Pearson of computerchemist as a benefit to raise money for the Aquarian Moons internet radio show, done by Paul Higgins, aka The Electric Gypsy. Paul has enthusiastically supported the psych/space/electronic music community for years, buying much of the music himself to play on his radio show. So, this project was designed as both a thank you from many of the musicians he has supported, and a benefit to help him to keep bu...

January 19, 2018

The debut album by UK’s Psychic Lemon was the first album I reviewed in this blog. It was also my pick for #1 album for 2016. So, it’s been with eager anticipation that I’ve awaited their follow up album, and now, in the early days of 2018, Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay has arrived! Does it live up to all my anticipation? A most definite yes! The title of the album, in fact, is a sort of sonic manifesto, and it lays out the journey to come in no uncertain terms.

From the opening attack of tribal drumming and thundering bass on Exit to the Death Lane, you know you’re in for an exhilarating ride, and you are not let down. As edgy guitars and druggy, chant-like vocals enter, the music has you under its spell. Hey...

January 15, 2018

Fort Worth, Texas band Gypsy Sun Revival returns for their sophomore release, Journey Outside of Time. They've expanded their line-up from a trio on the first album to a quintet this time around, giving their music a more colourful and richer sonic palette. Joining the core original trio of Lee Ryan on bass; Ben Harwood on drums and synth and Will Weise on guitar are new lead vocalist Mario Rodriguez (who also plays hand drums) and organ player Tyler Gene Davis.

Things get off to a great start on the opening cut, Cadillac to Mexico, as weird space noise ushers in pulsing drum beats, bluesy guitar, and what sounds like funky wah-wah organ for a song that is easily the catchiest on the album. It’s deliciously heavy,...

January 9, 2018

Scared Bunny is a project by Toronto, Canada’s Vladimir Skokovich. Originally inspired by artists like Hawkwind, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd, over the course of 14 years and 4 albums, Skokovich has chiseled out his own unique niche in the psych rock landscape. The latest album, 3:33 am finds Scared Bunny hopping into unknown fields, in search of fresh ideas and sounds. And believe me, he finds them.

The album abounds with varying tones and colours, from atmospheric excursions to blistering rockers. The opening track, Leaside Morning, pairs ambient sounds of cars and birds with mellow guitar until the drums come in and the song bursts open like the first golden rays of dawn bathing the city in their radiance. But...

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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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