Though it's a pretty solid work of modern psych, Smote Reverser isn't the wall-to-wall excitement that Oh Sees' last few albums have been.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard seem to have their fourth album of 2017 locked and loaded, and while I haven't been particularly impressed by the past two releases, this latest single has got my mouth watering. "Crumbling Castle" is one of the most epic, multi-faceted, and mystical tracks the band has delivered thus far. And they're apparently making good on their promise of five albums this year, so I guess we'll be hearing this one real soon.
Brooklyn's DIIV improve upon their hazy, krautrock-ish sound with their latest full-length album.
The new War On Drugs album is a winning combination of psychedelic rock, krautrock, folk, and Americana--just like the band's last album, but better.
White+ is an Beijing band, and their color-themed debut album is an intriguing piece of instrumental music, showcasing influences from the world of electronica, krautrock, and avant-garde. Not only can these guys jam, but they draw together some pretty interesting sounds along the way as well. Enjoy!
It's been quite the productive year for Geoff Barrow. While he hasn't been working on the fourth Portishead album that music nerds everywhere would sell their souls to see realized, 2012 did see the release of Quakers, the debut album of his mercurial hip hop endeavor, and >>, the criminally overlooked sophomore album of Beak>, his krautrock project and current creative focus. Maintaining his prolific output, Barrow and his stalwart crew of krautrock revivalists have a new single entitled "Mono," a masterful bit of progressive pop that would earn the praise of both Damo Suzuki and Paul McCartney.
Opening with splendid synth tones, the track wastes no time in entering a tight motorik drum beat bolstered by an infinitely catchy bassline as fluid as quicksilver. In a remarkable display of meticulously honed songcraft, every element of the song locks together to create a propulsive demon of a tune, positively breakneck in its dynamism. Most impressive of all though is bassist Billy Fuller's athleticism as he delivers the bass so crucial in providing the song's drive and melodic memorability. With the addition of a spacey breakdown for added spice, Beak> create a song with undeniable stylistic roots to the past, but through adept songwriting and execution, also has the strength to stand by krautrock's greatest achievements.
Beak>'s "Mono" single is slated for release on December 10th through Invada Records.
The band Beak> has announced the release of its sophomore LP, which I believe will be titled >>. A track from the forthcoming album si streamable above, and, of course, features the band's usual kraut and psych-rock jam style accompanied by some ever-so-faint-vocals.
Look for this album on Invada Records.
Usurper of Modern Medicine's new Acid Chess EP is a short string of psychedelic and krautrock jams. With reverbed vocals, intense drums, and driving basslines, this band's showcasing a lotta energy that could bring them into more interesting directions in the future.
The EP even ends with a remix of each track on the album, and what's awesome is that the remixes really recreate these tracks. They almost feel like completely unrelated songs.
Stream the EP above, and grab it on Bandcamp for six bones.