Upupayāma – self-titled

Close your eyes and allow yourself to get lost within the psychedelic ritual vibes of Upupayāma’s self-titled LP. Originally released digitally in late 2020, this trance-inducing album is finally available on vinyl thanks to the good folks at Centripetal Force and Cardinal Fuzz Records. Hailing from Parma, Italy, Upupayāma is a one-man band created byContinue reading “Upupayāma – self-titled”

Karen Zanes – Cloaked

Karen Zanes is back and more vibrant than ever on the dreamy and empyreal Cloaked. The Cambridge, Mass. based psychedelic folk artist leans further into the cosmic side of her sound on this album, utilizing a great deal of reverberation and organ drones. This is perhaps most evident on the phantasmagoric “Only Lovers Left Alive,”Continue reading “Karen Zanes – Cloaked”

Xisco Rojo – Transfigurations

Madrid’s Xisco Rojo crafted a psychedelic guitar record that feels less like an album, and more like a collection of rituals that celebrate life itself. Written and performed entirely by Rojo on everything from six and twelve-string acoustic and electric guitars to Weissenborns and Greek baglamas, plus a whole plethora of other exotic and unusualContinue reading “Xisco Rojo – Transfigurations”

Rootless – Places Remember Us

On Places Remember Us, Rootless delivers what might just be his most healing and cathartic release yet. Released today on Aural Canyon Records, this record is more reserved and stripped down than last year’s game-changing Docile Cobras, but it’s this more minimalist approach that allows for the music to be so universally moving. Most ofContinue reading “Rootless – Places Remember Us”

Andrew LaVogue – Surrounded by the Northern Lights

Andrew LaVogue clears his mind and finds his center on the peaceful Surrounded by the Northern Lights. LaVogue, a resident of Portland, ME, recorded this EP of psych-leaning solo guitar pieces as a way to musically describe his experience of escaping from the world of 2020 into the wilds of Acadia National Park, and hisContinue reading “Andrew LaVogue – Surrounded by the Northern Lights”

East River Caviar – How Asphalt Ages

East River Caviar’s debut slab of rural psychedelia, How Asphalt Ages, is as serene and stoic as the first magenta moments of an early winter sunrise. Hailing from Connecticut, ERC is made up of two guitarists, Sam Boston and Brendan Casey, who weave together tight fuzzed-up fantasias with nothing but their electric axes, bass andContinue reading “East River Caviar – How Asphalt Ages”

Hermitess – Celestial

This tainted world needs a little more magic in it, which is why I greatly appreciate experimental folk group, Hermitess, and their digital release series available via tarot cards. Hermitess, a project lead by Jennifer Crighton of Devonian Gardens (which also features input from her partner and DG bandmate, Danny Vescarelli), is making all ofContinue reading “Hermitess – Celestial”

Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland

Much like the billboard on its cover, the music of the Powers/Rolin Duo’s The Nightland is a gleaming light in the oppressive darkness that seems to be filling our world right now, providing us a little hope and illuminating a path out of the gloom. Comprised of two side-long pieces, this album finds Jen PowersContinue reading “Powers/Rolin Duo – The Nightland”

Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season

Jennifer Castle’s Monarch Season is as dreamy as it gets. Castle, a Toronto singer-songwriter, crafts graceful folk-inspired tunes that are richly influenced by the moon, the nature of relationships and of course, monarch butterflies. Her voice, which is usually treated with a healthy dose of reverb, is beautifully reminiscent of the vocals of Marissa NadlerContinue reading “Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season”

Rootless – Docile Cobras

For Matt LaJoie and Ash Brooks to bend their self-release-only rule of their Flower Room Records label and put out Rootless’ Docile Cobras, you know that this is a very special album indeed. Recorded during the spring of last year, Docile Cobras is Rootless (AKA Jeremy Hurewitz) at perhaps his most mystical. The record isContinue reading “Rootless – Docile Cobras”