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The Murlocs – “Oblivion”

Despite helping to lay down those reported five King Gizzard albums this year, Ambrose Kenny-Smith is back with his own brand of garage-psych insanity, bringing The Murlocs roaring into 2017. “Oblivion” sees the band still dialed into the driving snap of percussion that fuels the fire, but there’s a certain slow smolder to the vocal delivery, mellowing it a bit from their last foray into the wilds of garage grit. The album is out at the end of July, so that should hit ya right in the midst of needing a hit from the Gizzard crew, right? I’m sure there will already be news of their third platter by that point, ha!

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Terry – “Take Me To The City”

Al Montfort’s (presumably) incredible case of insomnia pays off to the public with the announcement of a new Terry album on the way. The man can’t sleep, because when would he have time for all this quality writing, recording and playing if his eyes ever drooped? The band’s back with their cowboy shtick in tow and another song that’s packed with a sighed delivery that plays into the lyrical lean on escapism and living life pining for some excitement. While the ten gallon hats and city lights longing don’t quite make this their “Streets of Baltimore,” it’s a buzzing bit of Aussie new wave that’s picking up right where their eponymous LP left off. The video only serves to add to the tongue in cheek winks that seems to inhabit their very DNA, but serious or no, this takes its place on the highly anticipated list for 2017.

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Premiere: Rat Colums – “Blinded By The Shadow”

One of my true faves this year has been Rat Columns’ Candle Power LP on Upset The Rhythm. The band turns in a stark video for the absolute standout, “Blinded By The Shadow. The track eschews much of the album’s propensity for jangle in favor of slinking keys and staid bass line; by the time those melancholy strings kick in, you’re more than hooked. It’s a post-punk gem that calls back on all the right bits of the ’80s for inspiration and proves that West and co are truly hitting a peak with this album. The video is as appropriately dressed down as the track, whitewashed and buttoned up. If you’re still missing out on Rat Columns, take today to right that wrong.


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Sun Araw – “Orthrus”

It’s good to hear Cameron Stallones back in the sweaty arms of mutant dub. The latest Sun Araw opus landed in March and in a glut year of releases kinda snuck out quietly. The video for “Orthrus” thrusts some light back on the release with a spare treatment that features dance sensation Mr. Shapes riding the groove. The song is a standout on the album, marrying a chugging dub shuffle to future funk keys and mournful slides along the strings. As abstract as Sun Araw has been in the past few years, this just hits right in the heart of what always endeared the band to me in the first place. It’s psych, drenched in balmy beat and dug out of the tape hiss trenches that sprung the band all those years ago. If you missed out, check in now.


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Dream Machine – “All For A Chance”

Matthew Melton’s shift to fog machine ’70s prog is perfected on Dream Machine’s upcoming LP The Illusion. Second video out of the gate follows the simple live band floating in color aesthetic, but it’s a perfect fit for the band’s brand of flashback psych. Feeling good about him retiring Warm Soda for this slice of family band FM groove. You can now nab the LP from Castle Face on Boysenberry Swirl, which sounds more like an ice cream flavor than a vinyl pressing, but looks just as sweet.



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Ty Segall – “Break A Guitar”

Hey I’ll take any opportunity to throw another heap of praise on Ty’s latest album and the new video for “Break A Guitar” is just another great collaboration with Segall’s video steady Matt Yoka. The swirling effects and Scanners ending make for a nice touch to the song’s stringent garage-psych. If you’re not already holding on to a copy of the new eponymous LP, then maybe its time for a shopping trip.



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The Babe Rainbow – “Peace Blossom Boogy”

I’ve had a soft spot for The Babe Rainbow in the past and they’re scrubbing up and crystallizing their sunshine pop from the sounds of it. They finally have a full length on the way from Flightless in AU and apparently from Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records here in the US (sure, why not?). The first single is as lackadaisical as they’ve ever been – another hippy sturummer with a touch of blue-eyed soul and a sugar shaker beat that feels like it’s primed for clear skies and picnic playlists. They accompany the cut with a walk back to ’60s pop films, mashing a ton of Magical Mystery Tour action into a double decker bus full of what seem to be family and friends. Sounding like a good one, not shaking the foundations of pop too hard, but when good homage has its place, especially when its this catchy.



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King Gizzard – “Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe ”

Well the band is making good on that promise of five albums, that’s for sure. The first taste of Murder Of The Universe makes its way out in the world today. The album is broken into three chapters, each consisting of 6 to 9 songs. Its focus is loosely based on apocalyptic times, science fiction and the downfall of man. The band has shared the entire last chapter, which features heavily a speak ‘n spell cyborg narration over the band typically tearing down some heavy psychedelic thunder. While not quite as deep into the gimmick, it does bring to mind the band’s often overlooked second album Eyes Like The Sky, which underscored a western narrative written and read by Broderick Smith. So goes the band back into high prog territory and it’s hard not to follow them on their journey.

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Moon Duo – “Lost In Light”

Just off the release of the first volume of their Occult Architecture series, Moon Duo announces pt. 2, leading off with a lighter side of their sound. As promised, the second volume strips back the night terrors and dives into the lush, ethereal arm of their recordings, winding up pillowing down into dreampop territory where the first went for nervy Krautrock. The song is a total bliss-out and given the video treatment again by Micah Buzan, who picks up with similar themes from the “Cold Fear” clip and coats Moon Duo’s world in a dizzying array of animation. The first volume was a total killer, so it goes without saying that I’ve got volume 2 high on the anticipation index for the year. Sounding great from the gate.

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Six Organs Of Admittance – “Adoration Song”

Seems a week can’t go by that I’m not singing some praises on the new Six Organs LP, but seeing how it’s one of Ben’s best, that doesn’t feel excessive. For “Adoration Song,” one of the stripped back and subtle cuts on the album, Chasny has paired a clip by Elisa Ambrogio full of dark corners, beautiful vistas and psychedelic static. Her visuals add a touch of lovely trippiness to the song’s smoldering delivery. If, for some god forsaken reason you’ve neglected to pick up a copy of this one, rectify that choice now. It’s definitely creeping up my list of 2017’s best.



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