New psychedelic releases from early 2021. The pandemic rages on but the great music just keeps on coming. This set features two American bands (Maestro Maya from Denton, TX, and Room Noise from Denver), two Australian bands (Grinding Eyes from Sydney and Mt. Mountain from Perth), Dope Purple from Japan, and the rest are scattered around Europe.
00:00 Turn Me On Dead Man – Intro 01:06 Grinding Eyes – When The Night Falls 04:58 Peter Lawson – Take The Blame 08:34 Holy Monitor – The Sky Is Falling Down 16:35 Maestro Maya – Blast Off 23:00 Mt. Mountain – Aplomb 27:24 My Evilness – Dope Purple 34:00 Smote – Psolstice 43:00 Room Noise – The Disappearer 45:07 Become The Sky – Sleep 48:12 Saint Gallus Convention Tapes – January 1
Grinding Eyes – When The Night Falls [from Taste The Monochrome, releases May 14, 2021]
I corresponded with Matt Wicks of Grinding Eyes TMODM: Who are your main influences? MW: Our musical influences are extremely wide and take reference from lots of different angles.. Everything from the 13th floor Elevators, The Seeds, Blue Cheer, NEU, Can, Hawkwind – Motörhead, Suicide, The Jesus and Mary chain, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver – all the way to, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler – and then back again to Black Sabbath and so ön… TMODM: What’s next for you? MW: We’ve got a national tour starting in just under a month in Australia, looking forward to get out and play some shows!! See people we haven’t seen for quite awhile.. We’ve also started tracking and mapping out a new record, so shouldn’t be too long before we have another ready to roll around the corner… TMODM: I’m curious about your sense of the future. Are we in some kind of downward spiral or do we have cause for optimism? MW: I think this day and age, it’s easy to get weighed down by all the trappings of society, not to mention pandemics lockdowns and the overload into the crazy world at artificial intelligence – it’s a full 1984 come to life….. Well, it’s depressing, but the thing that’s blowing my mind is that our phones already have the health data yeah, like the steps you take etc. Scientists are developing applications that track things like the way you walk, how you interact with the screen, speech detection and eye movements that will be able to diagnose things like depression, Alzheimer’s disease. It’s mad. Imagine if your phone started telling you you’re probably going to get dementia soon. You would put it down, go for a walk, and not want to pick it up again! But robots are also creating their own songs in the “style” of other artists (They’re on Bandcamp) and they suck/ it’s just funny at this stage, so the good news is that musicians continue to be valid….
Peter Lawson – Take The Blame [from Epic Dream, released February 21, 2021]
TMODM: Who are your main influences? PL: My main influences are probably Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Tim Smith from Cardiacs (although my compositions could never be anything like as complex!) and bits of Krautrock (I’m particular fan of Can and Amon Duul II). TMODM: What’s next for you? PL: What’s next for me is that I’m working on a new album currently and, once restrictions are lifted, I’m hoping to get out and gig again with my band. TMODM: I’m curious about your sense of the future. Are we in some kind of downward spiral or do we have cause for optimism? PL: Insofar as the future, I think that, in terms of music, there will always be great innovators (people like Tim Smith for example), but, given the way music is marketed by big corporations it will be ever more difficult for innovative and independent niche music to be heard by the masses. However, this doesn’t effect me, I’m a 60 year old home recordist via a laptop and I have no expectations whatsoever; I’m just pleased that my stuff has been listened to by a few people and has had some radio play etc.
Holy Monitor – The Sky Is Falling Down [from Southern Lights, released February 26, 2021]
Holy Monitor is a psychedelic rock quintet whose sound incorporates elements of krautrock, space-rock and ambient music. The band’s reverb-soaked vocals crawl beneath waves of pulsating minimal rhythms, while fuzz driven guitars and proggy keys create a hypnotic sonic ambience. Holy Monitor deal exclusively in hypnotic ambience and utopian soundscapes. Athens psych-rockers Holy Monitor have recently released their new album Southern Lights, (on February 26) via Blackspin Records/Primitive Music, an astonishing and affecting follow up to their 2020 critically acclaimed EP release, This Desert Land. Thirty-nine minutes long, “Southern Lights” LP offers eight songs that are overflowing with celestial melodies, encircled by psychedelic warmth. With lyrical themes inspired by Aristotle’s cosmology the band invite us into a dreamy journey in fizzing waterfall keys plunging down from space rock guitars. The album is opening with the “River” slowly building up into a powerful, repetitive groove backbeat swirling within through proggy keys and gentle tender vocals.
Maestro Maya – Blast Off [from Live From Planet Maya, released December 31, 2020]
TMODM: Who are your main influences? MM: Jimi Hendrix Experience + Band Of Gypsys, The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Flaming Lips, My Bloody Valentine, Fela Kuti, Slowdive, Yes, Herbie Hancock, Follakzoid, Animal Collective, Embryo, Acid Mother’s Temple, King Crimson, Can, Damo Suzuki, Amon Duul II, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Kikagaku Moyo, the list goes on and on…. TMODM: What’s next for you? MM: We’re looking forward to playing live shows once it is safe to do so and we’re really excited to promote our new album “Live From Planet Maya” that is available now on all streaming platforms and will be available soon on limited edition vinyl in (May/June) via Nasoni Records. We are also working on recording our next record and fingers crossed touring Europe in 2022!!! TMODM: I’m curious about your sense of the future. Are we in some kind of downward spiral or do we have cause for optimism? MM: There is no past. There is no future. There is only the present. The spiral goes both ways and chases itself in an endless circle. However through the magic that is improvised music Maestro Maya levitates somewhere in between… 🙂
Mt. Mountain – Aplomb [from Centre, released February 26, 2021]
My Evilness – Dope Purple [from Grateful End, released 2019]
Smote – Psolstice [from Bodkin, released March 12, 2021]
Room Noise – The Disappearer [from The Disappearer, released March 17, 2021]
I corresponded with Seth Riggenbach of Room Noise TMODM: Who are your main influences? SR: Really been diggin’ The Velvet Underground, Ty Segall, Balkans and Fontaines D.C. My influences are constantly changing with time and mood but these are the artists I’m looking up to lately. And as far as new music goes, the new album “A Hero’s Death” by Fontaines D.C. is a must-listen for anyone into minimal, garagey, post-punk rock and roll. TMODM: What’s next for you? SR: Coronavirus restrictions should lift soon, opening the door for live shows at various dives in and around Denver, Colorado. Can’t wait to get out there and make some noise. TMODM: I’m curious about your sense about the future. Are we in some kind of downward spiral or do we have cause for optimism? SR: Personally, I’m on the optimistic end of the spectrum. With the proliferation of the internet, I feel like major issues that used to be swept under the rug can finally have a decentralized voice that doesn’t rely on traditional media distribution. Issues like climate change, racism, gender inequality, police brutality, science denial, and political corruption are at the forefront of the modern conversation and I feel like we owe a lot of that to decentralized media.
Become The Sky – Sleep [from Carousel, released March 23, 2021]
TMODM: Who are your main influences? BTS: I think we usually refer to Cocteau Twins, SlowDive, Ride, Radiohead and the like for influences? TMODM: What’s next for you? BTS: What’s next is another EP – likely to be a celebration of our influences…? TMODM: I’m curious about your sense about the future. Are we in some kind of downward spiral or do we have cause for optimism? BTS: In terms of the future…heads down, writing and recording, keep releasing positive vibes and good music into the world in some small effort to help everyone through these strange, strange times.
Saint Gallus Convention Tapes – January 1 [from Tales of Ale and Blood, released February 07, 2021]