Psychedelic Waves Top 25 Albums of 2016

January 2, 2017

There were so many great albums released this year, that this was a really tough list to make. I started with a list of over 100 and pared it down from there. If you don't see your album on this list, it doesn't mean that I didn't love it! A happy psychedelic new year to you all! Here's looking forward to lots of great music in 2017!


25. Tarot - Reflections

Solid 1970's proto prog/psych vibes from this Australian band.
24. Farflung - 5

The legendary US space rockers return with another stellar album of heavy duty tunes.
23. Cirrus Bay - Places Unseen

Influenced by 1970's prog band Renaissance, but forging ahead with their own sound.
22. Mondo Drag - The Occultation of Light

Yet another great album from these US stoner/psychsters.
21. The Gaslamp Killer - Instrumentalepathy

Hip hop beats, samples, weird electronic sounds, deeply psychedelic freakiness from this experimental DJ/producer.
20. Wolf People - Ruins

Proggy psych folk and rock vibes permeate this UK band's music.
19. Goat - Requiem

Swedish psychonauts return for their best album yet of freak folk and tribal psych rock.
18. Darkships – Hiraeth

Electic sounds from this UK outfit featuring Jon Chinn. Pretty amazing stuff.
17. Civilian Zen - Horizones

Stunning album from this UK band. If you like your space rock dark, you'll love this.
16. Turn Me On Dead Man - Heavymetal Mothership

These guys just seem to be able to craft an endless number of catchy, memorable psych rock tunes.
15. Cavern of Antimatter - void beats_invocation trex

Krautrock inspired electronica from a member of Stereolab.
14. Architectural Metaphor - Galactus Interruptum

US space rockers return with arguably their best album yet of all instrumental improvised music.
13. Eye - Vision and Ageless Light

This US band combines heavy progressive rock with trippy lyrics and space rock vibes.
12. UFO Över Lappland - UFO Över Lappland

Terrific spacerock jams set to Krautrockish motorik rhythms.
11. Saturnia - The Real High

Few do modern psychedelia as trippy and engaging as this band from Portugal. This one is a 'real high'.
10. Floorian - At Your Surface

Dark, moody, spacey and exotic space rock from this American band.
9. Dreamtime - Strange Pleasures

Another Australian band, Dreamtime specializes in heavy psych guitar rock, with heaps of spaced out electronics.
8. Kevin Heard - Cydonia

Prog/psych rock and folk concept album about the first colonists on Mars from this legendary UK musician.
7. Moths & Locusts - Helios Rising

Everything from snarling garage rock to moody space voyages on this Canadian band's latest.
6. Gong - Rejoice! I'm Dead!

A surprisingly excellent album from the post-Daevid Allen (with his full blessings) Gong.
5. Syd Arthur - Apricity

A touch more commercial, but still those great tunes and unique sound that defined their previous albums. 
4. Blackhill Transmitter - Blackhill Transmitter

A new incarnation of the Future Sound of London guys. Stripped down ambient music that will give you chills.
3. Earthling Society - Sweet Chariot

One of the wildest, free form, hallucinatory excursions yet from this UK psych band lead by Fred Laird.
2. Black Mountain - IV

The 4th album from this Canadian prog/space band is pure magic. Their best yet!
1. Psychic Lemon - Psychic Lemon

Debut from these UK psych rockers is fresh and exciting, just waiting to blow your mind!

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