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Mind The Journey :: Color In The Gray Machine

Jan 27th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , ,
Spencer Sabo is a rather young psychedelic dreamer. Under the moniker Mind The Journey, his latest album Color In The Gray Machine dives straight into the deep-end of experimental psychedelic rock. Honestly, though, the complexities of this album stretch far beyond the psych-rock genre. Unequal parts Tame Impala, The Faint, and Nirvana, Color In The Gray Machine reverberates throughout your noggin, with every drumbeat, guitar, synthline, and vocals carrying with it a heavy dose of melancholy distortion. His voice seems as though it is being dragged against its will through each song – sluggishly lingering with every syllable. But as much as this sounds like a bad thing, it pairs surprisingly well alongside these fuzzy, off-grunge, electronic psych tunes.
Color In The Gray Machine is Spencer’s first full-length album as Mind The Journey, and it is a truly enjoyable experience. “Rose Colored Glasses” is how I imagine it must feel like to make it out of a bad acid trip in one piece – starting out quite loud and chaotic, and then coming to a crashing halt with an abrupt change in tempo, tone, and overall mood early on in the song, causing you to almost forget the chaos that invaded your ears just minutes earlier.
Check out the album in its entirety on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Youtube.
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Plum :: Light Years, Dark Years EP

Dec 2nd, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,
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Unearth that dusty lava lamp from the basement, switch on some black lights, and pull up a beanbag for this one. Psychedelic rock trio Plum gives us a little taste of their upcoming LP Light Years, Dark Years, with a title track that is just begging to be heard on vinyl. These guys hail from Denver, Colorado, and seemed to have just burst onto the scene out of nowhere, plucked from obscurity by Holy Underground earlier this year. Despite having only been around since late 2014, Plum has already proven themselves champions of the undying breed that is psychedelia. In the same vein as Temples and Tame Impala, Plum’s debut EP is a love letter to the Woodstock’d counterculture of the late 1960s and early 70s – a trippy, kaleidoscopic voyage, dripping with fuzzy tones and hazy drum beats. Keep an ear out for Light Years, Dark Years, due out on December 7th.

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Secret Circuit :: After Life

Aug 14th, 2013 : by :: Tags: ,

I’ve posted about Secret Circuit, aka LA’s Eddie Ruscha Jr, here before. Eddie Ruscha Jr. is in fact the is the son of famous pop artist Edward Ruscha and has been producing music since the early 90s. He’s produced under a bunch of different names and in a handful of genres over the years. As Secret Circuit, he’s recently created his own brand of swaying and warm electronic music. Take a listen as he, in his own words, “holds a séance to summon the spirit of the dance floor…” Enjoy. Words by Peter Fusco

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OUTFIT :: PERFORMANCE LP

Aug 12th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , ,

Check Outfit, out today with their debut full length LP, Performance. The band exists somewhere between the electronic cadences of Cut Copy and the droning samples of The Beta Band. Listen up below, grab the record HERE and enjoy…

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BASECAMP :: Emmanuel

Jul 26th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Newly formed BASECAMP hails from Nashville and is comprised of producers Aaron Miller, Aaron C. Harmon, and Jordan Reyes. Sexy downtempo beats with an R&B sensibility and an eerie vocal chaser. Word on the street is a self-titled debut EP is out soon, so stay tuned. Enjoy…

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Lindstrøm :: Rà-àkõ-st

Jul 24th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , ,

For the fifth and final installment of ‘if you like “Get Lucky”, check this out’ I present to you a slow burner. I’m posting a slow burning track, not some huge disco club banger, because i want to encourage everyone to go forth. Seek out all the sensory pleasure that disco has to offer on their own. Disco music is diverse and has so much to offer and if disco is ‘coming back’ then you’re going to want to know all the good stuff. This cosmic track from Oslo’s Lindstrom is the theme song to the disco spaceship ride you’re about to take. Enjoy the summer of disco. words by Peter Fusco

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Comanche – Silicon Basilica LP

Jul 18th, 2013 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Looks like it’s going to be another scorcher. Thankfully for the disenfranchised listening community, Christmas in July arrives early this year. The Minnesota Claus, Comanche, delivers us a nu-disco laced stocking stuffer dripping with sultry electronic beats and groovy house cuts. Standout tracks “Stride” and “Bella” blend juicy island flavors and crisp retro samplings into a tasty dance-worthy smoothie.

Add last year’s lump of coal to the grill and cue the futurist tropical vibes. Still looking for more summery righteousness to unwrap? Comanche has nicely gifted the naughty fifteen-track LP, Silicon Basilica, free for download here. Merry Christmas.

words by Morgan Clinton

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