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Wooden Indian

"Savage Grass"

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Wooden Indian is a Phoenix-based band making hypnotic psych-pop. The group’s melange of textures and dreamy melodies prove wonderfully woozy on “Savage Grass.” Wooden’s Indian’s deft ability to marry atmosphere and song craft was noted by Tim Rutili from Califone at a recent show.

Rutili was so impressed by Wooden Indian’s work that he invited the group to record and perform with him on his upcoming tour with The War on Drugs. You can grab all the info here, but make sure to support Wooden Indian by purchasing “Savage Grass” over at their Bandcamp. All proceeds will go towards releasing their upcoming full-length vinyl.

Many Mansions

"Mirror Shadows"

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“Mirror Shadows” comes from Chang Dhan Ali’s latest Many Mansions release, Night Sesh. The project has morphed over the years, evolving from Chang Dhan’s solo performances of tribal-infused loop jams to an explosive five-piece afrobeat band.

Night Sesh witnesses Ali’s return to his roots as a solo artist, but the album explores funkier landscapes. “Mirror Shadows” begins with warped percussion and lilting synth washes. Cropped vocal samples soon syncopate the rhythm as the track builds to groovy synthesizer catharsis. You can complete your vision quest by picking up a tape from MJ MJ Records.

Doron Sadja

"Heart Breath"

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Doron Sadja is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn and Malmo whose experimental work focuses on multichannel installation. “Heart Breath” comes from Sadja’s latest release, Breath Heart Skin. The album features music originally composed for a 21 speaker sound system for Issue Project Room.

“Heart Breath” and the rest of the tracks on Breath Heart Skin are sensuous explorations through densely layered and slow moving compositions. This sounds like a recipe for a challenging affair, but Sadja’s music is constantly evolving and offers a truly transportive experience. Textures wash over and envelop listeners, building nearly to cacophony; just as a thresholds are reached, sounds subside and decay into silence and a welcome stillness is left.

Breath Heart Skin is available for download via the Shinkoyo label, which Sadja helps to run. Those who purchase the album are rewarded for their contribution with a photo book.

Aquarelle

"Interrupted Forms II"

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“Interrupted Forms II” is pulled from Ryan Potts’ latest release as Aquarelle. The track opens with an explosion of coarse textures that envelop listeners in a womb of granularity. An acoustic guitar gradually finds its way into to the mix before it washes away into a second, calmer ocean of feedback. Potts masterfully conjures emotion from texture, and “Interupted Forms II” definitely rewards listeners who take in the experience with headphones.

“Interupted Forms II” is featured on Aquarelle’s contribution to Bathetic Records‘ eleven-tape compilation, Dynasty at Ghost Town. The compilation showcases eleven experimental musicians and is tied together by the art of Simon Fowler. Tapes can be purchased directly from Aquarelle’s Bandcamp, or you can snag the entire compilation via Bathetic Records’ website.

Euglossine

"Dawn Mother"

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“Dawn Mother” is pulled from Euglossine’s latest release, Lustrous. The album was composed by Tristan Whitehill after compiling several years of hardware sound design. The euphoric tracks are harmonically complex, but this is far from an academic affair; Lustrous proves to be Euglossine’s most focused and intentional work yet.

“Dawn Mother” draws inspiration from the skeleton of one of the oldest known mammals, the Eomaia. The song juxtaposes house rhythms and a jazzy sense of whimsy to transport listeners 125 million years into the past to cut a rug with our ancestors.

Lustrous is available via Elestial Sound, so be sure to support this incredible artist by purchasing a copy here.

Praything

"Kids Will Be Kids"

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Praything‘s music has evolved drastically over the years. The project began with Ju Young Lee humbly rocking a Casio keyboard and delay pedal, but the release of 2012′s Her Skin Caught the Glow EP revealed the true grandeur of Lee’s vision for project. It’s pensive melodies paired with soaring hooks left listeners spellbound and eager for more.

I was fortunate enough to catch Praything at last year’s FMLY Fest Brooklyn. I expected a set dominated by keyboards and samplers, but instead I was met with huge guitars and thunderous drums. Lee has clearly decided to channel that energy on his upcoming EP, Heavun. His trademark falsetto is still central in the mix, but I’m eager to hear what surprises Lee has in store for us with his upcoming release.

Greg Fox

"Its OK"

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Greg Fox‘s explosive drumming is defined by unrelenting propulsion and dexterity. Fox has been receiving a lot of attention for the monolithic psych freak-outs with his project Guardian Alien, but he has drummed for an extremely diverse range of acts including: Teeth MountainDan DeaconLiturgy, and Zs.

“Its OK” is featured on Fox’s latest album Mitral Transmission. The release pulls from a biofeedback session that Greg did with acclaimed free-jazz drummer and holistic healer, Milford Graves. Graves has spent years developing a generative music technology that creates scores and rhythms based upon the participant’s heart beat. Incredibly, the spirit and finesse of Fox’s playing is undeniably present in these works.

If you dig this track, you can plant the whole album from Data Garden. The label sends customers biodegradable art cards that will grow into flowers when planted in the soil!

Holy Wave

"Star Stamp"

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Austin’s Holy Wave have restored my faith in psych. The buzzy organs and groovy bass line that color “Star Stamp” could definitely trigger a flower child’s flash back, but Holy Wave manage never to succumb to the kitsch of false revivalism. Instead the group delivers an entirely new euphoria made just for the 21st century. Their new album, Relax, is available on Reverb Appreciation Society, and be sure to watch for them at this year’s upcoming Austin Psych Fest.

Stag Hare

"Shining"

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Stag Hare is the the recording alias of Salt Lake City’s Garrick Briggs. Stag Hare’s latest release, Angel Tech, witnesses Briggs’ celestial drone work being bolstered by hip-hop rhythms and timbres. This new approach lends effervescence to the hypnotic nature of Briggs’ music, and makes a great starting point in Stag Hare’s catalog.

On “Shining” a gentle boom-bap beat pushes the song forward as slowly oscillating synthesizers coat listeners headphones with blissed-out tones. Briggs’ tranquil guitar lines and dreamy mantra-like vocals add welcome melodic sensibilities without threatening to interfere with listeners’ introspection.

Unfortunately, physical copies of Angel Tech have already sold out from Space Slave, but fans can still grab lots of his music from his web store. Don’t sleep on his last LP, Sprit Canoes, from Inner Islands or the incredible White Rainbow collaboration appropriately titled White Stag from Marriage Records.