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.
Denton, Texas has once again blessed us with some great talent in the retro indie rock band Relick. Their latest single “Offering” is so catchy and a slight tease with what we can look forward to when their EP Twin House, which debuts on March 4. The song kind of makes you feel like you’re being taken back into a 60’s time warp but you don’t want the ride to end. After listening to Relick, I’m feeling all kinds of groovy vibes. If the lead single is any indicator, Relick’s Twin House EP is sure to be promising.
POP ETC is now on tour supporting their second album Souvenir. The band will stop by for a sold out show at U Street Music Hall on January 25. If you can’t get tickets (sorry) you can still listen to their latest singles below, including a couple of fun videos. Grab Souvenir which is out January 29. Enjoy…
What do you get when you perfectly blend soul, funk with an indie sensibility in one song? Ok, I’ll wait, have you figured it out yet? It is none other than the very diverse Rationale who has done it again with his latest tune “Something For Nothing”. Hailing from London by way of Harare, Zimbabwe the very talented Rationale is causing quite the stir with his debut EP last year, and also catching the eye of Radio 1. “Something for Nothing” is one of those songs that can get you dancing and reminiscing at the same time. A clever combination, that is hard to do well. If you haven’t listened to the track you should get on it soon, it’s sure to leave you wanting more.