Early last year, California native Morgan Delt self-released a very limited 6-song cassette titled Psychic Death Hole, which offered up the first taste of his unique home-recorded psych experiments. Today, Trouble in Mind releases his his debut self-titled album, building those initial experiments into a psychedelic masterpiece that traverses nearly every corner of the genre’s 40 year history. Essential references like The Byrds, Love and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band arise frequently throughout, but Delt goes beyond, employing distant eastern melodies, tribal hand percussion and Faust inspired kraut journeys, all of which mesh together in an interweaving web of distorted, fuck-up sound. It’s as though Delt has studied the inners of psychedelia since its very beginnings, learned the formulas and techniques to recreate its best moments, and then ran them all through a half broken cassette player. The album as a whole is warped—at times it can even sound like you’re hearing a band like White Fence coming through the particle board walls of the bathroom at a DIY venue, while others recall the likes of R. Stevie Moore’s lo fi recordings. Throughout the entire album, Delt’s music ebbs and it flows in an acid-drenched river of psychedelia–unstuck in time, unfettered by rule, organically and vibrantly alive.
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It’s been four years since The Entrance Band released a new album unto the world, and during that time much has changed with its three members. From personal struggles to spiritual transformations, during the time between albums guitarist Guy Blakeslee, bassist Paz Lenchantin and drummer Derek James journeyed through the depths of the dark, only to reach the surface with a brighter and more inspired outlook than ever before. That process, along with all its joys and hardships, is documented on their forthcoming album, Face the Sun, which comes out on November 19 via new Brooklyn label Beyond Beyond is Beyond. You can hear the scorching first tune, “Fire Eyes,” below.
Pre-order the long-awaited Face the Sun via BBIB.
Since forming in 2006, longtime friends Tommy Eisner and Linda Beecroft—together known as Golden Animals—have split time between their gritty Brooklyn abode and the sun-soaked lands of the California desert. Crafting songs that draw on inspirations from both of their homes—love, friendship, seclusion—they view their two bases as complementary influences, shaping their sound equally but very differently.
On September 24, Golden Animals will release their new album, Hear Eye Go, via The Reverberation Appreciation Society in conjunction with Burger Records. The album was recorded by Matt Boynton (MGMT, Kurt Vile) at Vacation Island Recordings, and by the band themselves at their own studio. Joe LaPorta (Foo Fighters, Beach House) mastered the album at The Lodge. Watch the video for “All Your Life” below.
Pre-order Here Eye Go via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.
Several months back, a few of us were standing in the back room of Brooklyn’s Death By Audio waiting for rising psych-pop prodigy Jacco Gardner to take the stage. As we drank lukewarm Modelos, Trouble in Mind Records’ Bill Roe was passionately rapping about this new album his label was putting out. It was made in a day, or maybe two, he said. By one guy, who played all the instruments (aside from the harp)…including brass, woodwinds. He wasn’t even sure if the guy could play all of these instruments prior to making the album. But they all sounded expertly played.
What Bill was so passionately sharing with us that evening were the early reports of bedroom pop genius Frank Maston’s debut LP, Shadows. Taking queues from studio autéurs like Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Harry Nilsson and the lot, Maston instantly transports us to the sunny days of ’60s California with this masterfully crafted album. It’s abundantly clear why Bill was so excited on that cold winter night all those months ago.
Aside from the album, film director David Eden Bowers has created a video to go along with the album track “Flutter,” and it just might be one of my favorite music videos of all time. Watch it below and purchase Shadows from Trouble In Mind.