I think this was my biggest pause so far, 3 months without putting anything, shame on me. Anyhow I'm back with great compilation that will blow the wax out of your ears. I made this one as a fruity mix - I put underground bands that have been sending me their material (The Black Explosion, Violent Swells, Sapin, Basement Baby, Moon Halls), tunes from lesser known old bands and recent psychedelic candies from new bands that have already established themselves on a shelf of badass music makers.
This one starts with latter category. I've been already puttin' some Radio Moscow songs on earlier compilations, and they're here again with Sweet Little Thing, great and sharp desert blues tune. I think this songs plays in any person's head before he die out of dehydration in the middle of the desert. Hazy and colorful fog of psychedelic sounds is brought by Acid Baby Jesus with Mesmerized. These acid garage rockers with a great band name perfectly capture the feel of blurred-out trippy state of mind. Jupiter's Garden by Violent Swells sounds like some classic psych/proggresive tune you could hear on a student radio back in 1972. Intro is delicious, and fogged out vocals that are melting in lysergic acid makes a great atmosphere. This is new band that tries to catch some wider atention so check them out HERE. I was wondering if next two songs should find their place on this compilation because they belong to indie-rock bands from mid 2000s, but then I said "What the heck, it's still my compilation and I'm my own boss so I made decisions". Charming retro pop from Camera Obscura with their If Looks Could Kill actually makes a great moment when you could, you know, actually dance. I know that I don't make best party-dance compilations so I think it's time to shake that stoner ass. Main riff is sharp as knife, and later, when trumpet comes in, it makes idyllic nostalgic feel. Well, when we're talking about idyllic nostalgic feel, next song is full of it. I Can't Seem To Make You Mine by The Clientele was one of my favorite retro pop tunes when I was still heavily in my indie-rock phase when I was about 16 or 17. Beautiful, dreamy guitar and tweedy vocal are perfect match for your early 60s feel. If you missed that dance moment you had with Camera Obscura, it's back with Sapin's Perfect Day. Waves are high, the weather is great and it's time for you to take that surf board and start grabbin' some chicks, dude! Awesome blend of surf and garage rock is just what you need to get you in a shape before the summer comes, and you can check out this new band HERE. Next one is great recent discover, dreamy ballad Lady Miss Ann by Food. For me this song reminds me of my grandma's garden she had in the village I was born. On a beautiful, warm spring days we would sit outside in the garden, and we had grapevine growing over our heads, forming fairytale-like roof through which sun beams pierced, leaving small sun stains all over our garden. Well that was many years ago, my grandma died and my dad cut all the grapevines down. I just wish if I discovered this song 10 years ago, I would play this song to my grandma. Next one is strong and dirty garage rock number, Don't Tread On Me by Erotic Biljan & His Heretics. I think it was time to finally introduce some cool bands from my country, Croatia. They're not really the newest band (this was recorded at the start of 2000), but they still kick some ass. Apart from having one of the best names ever, Erotic Biljan & His Heretics definately will burn your mind with their hot and spicy riffs. If you thought that Croats can't rock like the Sonics, you were wrong. Aj niđ ja lave, aaaargh!!! Next tune is another one from my indie-rock vaults, lovely baroquesque folk song by The Ladybug Transistor, called Oceans In The Hall. Intro will make you sit and gaze thoughtfully about how life is beautiful, but at the same time inexplicably sad. I love the voice of the singer, it's really smooth, like warm Earl Grey tea. Quick jump back to screachy and dirty world of acid garage with amazing Sun Medallion by King Tuff. First time I heard this song it sounded so amazingly classic, mostly because of the Dylan-on-acid sound of his voice and mindbending solo. And then I saw this great music video and my mind was set off to Jupiter.
If you wanted some more psychedelic garage heaviness, then wait no more but turn louder that next one, Cartwheel by Basement Baby. We're talking about new and fresh band, and you can check their bandcamp HERE. This stuff is great, I liked most of their songs on their new album. Getting all kinds of sounds inspired by The Doors, The Velvet Underground, The Misunderstood and few other badass bands, this guys are very promising. Keep shredding yo! The Letter by The Boxtops is one of those forgotten classics of 1967, with Chilton's amazing dirty voice. When he sings "Lonely days are gone, I'm a-going home..:" I get chills every time. Although they made internation success with this hit, in history of music they were declared as one-hit wonders, although they had few other good songs. Tantric drums and unmerciful heavy acid shredding by The Black Explosion with Blow It Away will blow your ass like tsunami wind. First thing I thought when I heard them, "Finally somebody preaching the holy heavy acid rock started by Blue Cheer and MC5". These guys are also new band, and you should check them out HERE. Lazy trippy pop by Moon Halls with Alpine Troops is next and you can check out this new band on their bandcamp HERE. Sounding similiar to bands like Tame Impala, Pond and Foxygen, these guys will sure mellow you out before last two songs melt your mind out. Soft Machine with Joy Of A Toy will definately send you wandering out to another dimension, with playful wah wah guitar defying the laws of physics. Your journey won't stop here, oh no. It will only prolong itself into mysterious space of disorted shapes and colours, because next one is one of the best psychedelic songs recorded in last 30 years. It is sacred Rats by Devendra Banhart. I've been loving this song already for 2 years and I don't know why it took me so long to put it on compilation, maybe it was waiting for a perfect moment, but anyhow, this compilation ends in best way possible. Just hear that fat bass at the intro, supported by electrifying sound of guitar and Devendra's deep and profound voice. Lyrics are equally brilliant, simple but wise. The flow of the song is amazing, switching to completely different riff with bass shredding as usual. Solo is also another story with happy ending. I smoked so many weed to this song on some really beautiful places with some amazing people that for me this is not only a song, but important experience. I hope you'll find it that way aswell, and I hope you'll enjoy this compilation that took me 3 months to put together. Enjoy the spring, good times are back!
1. Radio Moscow - Sweet Little Thing
2. Acid Baby Jesus - Mesmerized
3. Violent Swells - Jupiter's Garden
4. Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill
5. The Clientele - I Can't Seem To Make You Mine
6. Sapin - Perfect Day
7. Food - Lady Miss Ann
8. Erotic Biljan & His Heretics - Don't Tread On Me
9. The Ladybug Transistor - Oceans In The Hall
10. King Tuff - Sun Medallion
11. Basement Baby - Cartwheel
12. The Boxtops - The Letter
13. The Black Explosion - Blow It Away
14. Moon Halls - Alpine Troops
15. Soft Machine - Joy Of A Toy
16. Devendra Banhart - Rats
Cover Art : The drawing and design are done completely by me and I claim all of the rights. It's my 5th drawing in The Holy Void series. You can check out the rest of my work aswell as others drawing in this series HERE
Psychedelic Rock sound : 6,5/10
Garage Rock sound : 9/10
Folk Rock sound : 8/10