Archive for the ‘psychadelic rock’ Category

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Bear in Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth [2009]

March 3, 2010

Album post #28. Beast Rest Forth Mouth by Bear in HeavenBear in Heaven pulls off a dreamlike and haunting sound while keeping rock roots.  Occasional pitch warbling, cloudy synths, and theme repetition add the element of confusion we experience when dreaming.  Again I urge you to listen to this one the whole way through.  It won’t be nearly as good broken up, plus you’ll miss the surprising yet delightful reappearance of the album’s single Lovesick Teenagers in the closer Casual Goodbye.

Lovesick Teenagers, one of my favorite tracks of 2009, can be downloaded for free here. Here’s a Full youtube playlist of the album.  I wasn’t sure this album was going to stick with me, but after 4 months of listening I’m still very fond of it.  Enjoy!

source: dataless and pfork

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The Flaming Lips – Embryonic [2009]

November 9, 2009

EMBRYONIC TRAY

Album post #12.  I, like many others, lost faith in The Flaming Lips.  I wondered whether their creative momentum had been built up through their first 9 albums for the sole purpose of spending it all in the crafting of their most magnificent 10th album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, of 2002.  Despite its sweet title, 2006’s At War with the Mystics was a sour rehash with bland repetitous lyrics and flagrantly loud production.  I had spit out the Lips and expected nothing tasteful to come from them again.

I was horribly wrong.  Wayne Coyne and his pals released their 12th album, Embryonic, on October 13, 2009 and it is marvelous.  At 18 songs and 70 minutes, I am still digesting, but appreciating it more and more.  Though I see the title relating to a rebirth for the Lips, it also parallels a return to the more psychedelic rock sound of their fetal stage compared to the radio-friendly singles of The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi.

It’s really hard to pick favorites on this album.  It’s worth setting aside some time to listen to the whole thing on this youtube playlist.

source: dataless/willod