Prana Crafter and ragenap – No Ear to Hear

You’d have a difficult time finding a songwriter who’s words were as elemental and cosmically transportive than Robert Hunter. Through just a few stanzas, the Grateful Dead lyricist could easily beam a listener from a place of intense introspection to a windswept rocky shore on some obscure corner of the globe (or on another planet),Continue reading “Prana Crafter and ragenap – No Ear to Hear”

The Perfect Trip – Ode To The Pig

For your fix of whimsical psychedelic folk music, give the newest track by The Perfect Trip a listen. “Ode To The Pig” features eerie processed vocals, bluesy fingerpicked acoustic guitar and menacing cellos. Pastoral vibes and dark humor abound, conjuring the spirits of The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, while the unsetting porcine sound effect-filled coda brings toContinue reading “The Perfect Trip – Ode To The Pig”

Guerssen Records – November Roundup

Guerssen Records’ 2019 output alone is proof enough that they’re one of the top tier reissue labels for all things psych, cult and outré. Here’s a sampling of the best of their year-end releases: Stone Harbour – Emerges When record collectors wax poetically about the strength and beauty of private press outsider folk/psychedelic rock, StoneContinue reading “Guerssen Records – November Roundup”

October Roundup – Son of Buzzi, The Happy Hour Band, Forgotten Bottom & More.

There is no silence this October. Only new music. So let’s dive straight into this month’s Roundup!  Son of Buzzi – The Ghost Son of Buzzi is more of a multimedia art installation than a band. The Swiss duo composes 12-string guitar fantasias to be the backdrop (or rather, a collaboration with) a variety ofContinue reading “October Roundup – Son of Buzzi, The Happy Hour Band, Forgotten Bottom & More.”

Kak – Kak (Mad About Guerssen Vinyl Reissue)

On the year of its 50th anniversary, Mad About Guerssen has released what is certainly the most definitive vinyl reissue of Kak’s legendary sole release. Born from the ashes of the equally infamous West Coast proto-punks, The Oxford Circle, Kak exhibited excellent songwriting chops that blended bucolic sun-kissed folk rock with guitar-driven acid rock. If itContinue reading “Kak – Kak (Mad About Guerssen Vinyl Reissue)”

Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra

In this very special episode of Now Playing, we have an in-depth conversation with Seth Applebaum, of Ghost Funk Orchestra, about his roots, his inspirations and his creative process. We also talk about the band’s new debut full-length record, A Song for Paul, which has received a wealth of praise the world over, including beingContinue reading “Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra”

Heron & Crane – Firesides

Heron & Crane’s Firesides is a collection of dreamlike keyboard-driven psych-pop tunes that feel charmingly homemade and also instantly familiar. The Charlottesville, VA duo of Dave Gibson and Travis Kokas commandeered vintage synths to create catchy lo-fi soundscapes that feel like warm but faded memories of summers past. The aptly-named “Surf Trials,” invokes ’80s beach scenes andContinue reading “Heron & Crane – Firesides”

Plastic Brain Press – Lost in The Mind Hole

This might be the most uncommon release ever covered at Record Crates United. This is in no way a criticism, in fact, I think this is a badge of honor.  Plastic Brain Press is an eclectic indie publishing house that’s “run by a large synthetic encephalon,” and releases mainly experimental and outsider paperbacks, podcasts andContinue reading “Plastic Brain Press – Lost in The Mind Hole”

Meadowsilver – Midsummer’s Queen

Meadowsilver’s on a roll with the release of their latest single, “Midsummer’s Queen.” The track is as transcendent and bucolic as a sunny day in a field of heather, but a creeping dread seeps just below the surface…like as if the shroud of death is lurking just out of sight. As always, the band (madeContinue reading “Meadowsilver – Midsummer’s Queen”

Los Mundos – Calor Central

“Is this a monster or an island? I’m seeing a beastly outline Horizons terrify. This sea will be called like you   Apparently calm A corpse that speaks Can breathe Tangled up in plants” ….this selection of translated lyrics from “Subterráneo Mar Jurásico” (“Subterranian Jurassic Sea”) perfectly describes Calor Central by Los Mundos in aContinue reading “Los Mundos – Calor Central”