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Kaleidoscope – Kaleidoscope

Now Agakalidescopein Records do it once again! One of the great psychedelic rock albums is finally back in print on vinyl in a band-licensed reissue.
It’s roots are in Puerto Rican teenage garage rockers; it was recorded in the Dominican Republic at the high-point of the flower power era; it was only ever pressed in a minuscule run in Mexico.
Now one of the most sought after rock artifacts on the planet, Kaleidoscope is remastered and reissued with an extensive, photo-filled booklet with the story of the band and their album by historian Enrique Rivas Viniegra. Every psychedelic rock fan needs to get a copy of this album, you know it makes sense!

Available now on digital and LP direct from Now Again or for those in the UK you can get your copy from Rap and Soul Mail Order.

 

The Shacks – Orchids

Here is the latest video from The Shacks. “Orchids” is produced by Leon Michels of El Michels Affair and taken from The Shacks self titled EP out now on Big Crown Records.

Madeleine Chartrand “Ani Kuni” (2nd Class Citizen edit)

For those that do not know, Madeleine Chartland’s “Ani Kuni” is an awesome psych, pop hit from the early 70’s. Chartland took a Native American song or chant and give it the psych, glam rock treatment.
Now in 2016 Brighton producer 2econd Class Citizen has given the track a new re-edit, but I would call this more of a remix. It’s not just taken elements and extended them, he has added a whole new feel to the track and it sounds fantastic! It’s up for download now and all yours for free, check it out and the rest of Mr Citizens back catalogue while you’re at it.

Paul & The Tall Trees – Our Love In The Light

paulStaten Island is both close enough to New York City and far enough away to make it easily the most exotic of the 5 boroughs. Rza from WuTang Clan attributes the uniqueness of the Wu to it’s Hip Hop contemporaries at the time to just that dynamic. Growing up on an island that is neighbours with the capital of the world, but has no bridges to it, no trains or tunnels, only a ferry, turns out to be the perfect recipe to give a New York band a unique take on the energy of the city.
Paul Schalda, the bandleader, singer and songwriter of is from Staten Island. One part of a crazily talented musical family, Paul’s music seems to embody the unexpected overlap of The Band’s Americana, Ian MacKaye’s unhinged emotion, Otis Redding’s raw, warm soul, and the doo-wop melodies his father, Bill Schalda Sr. (a member of Brooklyn vocal group, The Montereys) raised him on.
On Paul & The Tall Trees’ debut album “Our Love In The Light” you hear the sum of his experiences. This singular sound is helped by the fact that his father, William Schalda, Sr., and brother, Will Schalda Jr., play on and inspire the record. The album was written entirely by Paul, and produced by another Staten Island native, Thomas Brenneck of Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band, and Budos Band fame. The combination of the two gives the record an amazing sonic range, from the powerhouse rocker Crack Of Down to the ethereal western vibes of She Comes Around . Paul pens a tune about the forever changing conviction of a man in love on Once In A While , and ironically The Little Bit Of Sunshine, is a story about Paul giving up on a career in music. One thing you hear in Schalda s music, no matter which song, is that the road hasn t been easy. His voice can be hauntingly harsh, yet hopeful and tender, raucous and gravelly one moment, smooth and intimate the next. Even though he is being compared to the famous groups and musicians mentioned above, he can only call it Rock and Roll and be humbled. ‘I’m very lucky to be able to do this,’ Schalda says. ‘And I’m extremely happy. Especially for my father. He worked hard for his sons and this record.’
“Our Love In The Light” is out now on Big Crown Records and it is awesome! Have a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

Chew – The 3D EP

We are always interested in chewhearing something new, experimental, raw and psychedelic, Atlanta band Chew do not disappoint.
This three piece band mix alternative rock, psychedelia, elements of jazz, shoe gazer, electronics, avant-garde experimentation, creating a real jumble of sound that is all over the place, but in the best possible way. Chew use a sampler and analogue synth mashed with live instrumentation to pull influences from all things psychedelic.  The result is a hypnotic, electronic, spacewave experience.
The band, who have been extensively touring in the US with no signs of slowing down, know how to absolutely kill it live, check out the youtube clips. All fans of experimental music that hits hard, need to check out “The 3D EP”, all yours for name your price via their bandcamp page.

 

El Michels Affair & The Shacks – Strange Boy

El MichelsEl Michels Affair have teamed up with New York band The Shacks for the new single, “Strange Boy” b/w “No Surprise”.
Strange Boy sounds like the Five Keys met Neil Young and cut a record with Jane Birkin, but in English. A fuzzed out, heavy backing track with doo-wop background vocals create a peculiar, but perfect bed for singer Shannon’s dead pan celebration of her strange boy, of whom she would gladly “drink the kool aid from his cup”.
Side B, No Surprise is a perfect blend of El Michels Affairs hazy, cinematic soul and 60’s pop ala Sonny and Cher.
The 7″ single is available to buy now from Big Crown Records.

 

Kuparilinna – Kuparilinna

Kuparilinna plays 60s-style prepsychedelic pop influenced particularly by 60s & 70s folkrock from Eastern Europe and Soviet Union. Band member Tuomas Palonen, has been collecting music of this style and from this era for some years now and has produced some excellent modern music heavily influenced by this sound.
This is definitely worth a listen if you like a bit of folk, psych, alternative rock, grab it now!

Warm Deltas – Rex Virginem

Warmwarm deltas Deltas delivers a fantastic new EP entitled, “Rex Virginem”. The EP is a heady mix of psychedelic drones, electronic soundscapes, shoe gaze rock and experimental sound.
This 5 track trip into psychedelic colour and sound is available now on cassette and digital release from the Psych Army bandcamp page. Definitely one for any psych, drone, experimental rock fans out there, don’t miss out!

Fumaça Preta – La Trampa video

Brand new video from Fumaça Preta.”La Trampa” is taken from their awesome new album “Impuros Fanaticos” out now on Soundway Records.

Christophe Lemaire Presents – Can’t You Hear Me?

Globetrotter of parchristopheallel subcontinents and digger of rare, forgotten records, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt tracks sounds from the dawn of time to the four corners of the world. On the other side of the globe, French designer Christophe Lemaire stays forward thinking and audacious in his choices: far from our deified present, he cultivates a love of timeless designs and mixed influences; a passion for iconoclastic music hidden in the dark corners of a global cultural industry.
This extraordinary openness has been at the heart of their friendship since 2007. Their exceedingly eclectic, fierce rock discoveries gave birth to a first anthology, Where Are You From?  (Now-Again, 2010), the fruit of Lemaire’s excavating Alapatt’s archives. That was a postgeographic exploration in psych, rock and funk territories from 1968 to now; this second anthology celebrates their impressionist vision and explores garage rock from the 1970s, voicing the struggles of independence in Zambia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
“Can’t You Hear Me” comes from a track by charismatic Zamrock icon Paul Ngozi, a Lemaire favorite. Ngozi’s title track sets the tone for a drastic selection of seventeen songs with rebellious undertones, riddled by an infectious groove, the forsaken writing about a forgotten chapter in the history of music. Ngozi,WITCH, Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Amanaz, Wells Fargo, Eye Q and the Funkees represent a generation fighting for their freedom, armed with fuzz guitars, symbolic objects of a new movement. They played in Fela’s kingly shadow, were influenced by Hendrix’s psychedelic solos, Jefferson Airplane’s penetrating chords and Cream’s repetitive melodies. The music of their colonial oppressors they reassembled and reinterpreted with pure energy, without nod to hymn or flag.
A halo of cosmic design and pure lines, the cover for the anthology by Sanghon Kim transports us in this whirling odyssey in space and time while composer/producer Pilooski concludes the album with an edit of WITCH’s “No Time,” an  xpression of the critical need to open up to new perspectives, new imaginations and to keep unearthing riches of our universal heritage.
“Through these tracks we can feel the communicative energy, this pure vitality, not only of Africa , but of youth and hope,” Lemaire states. “And I find it quite universal and timeless. It is not about music as an industry , or as product , but music as a craft . And one can immediately recognized when music is created with heart and soul.”
Released April 15th on Now Again Records take a listen below.

 

 

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