Tag Archives: psych noir

Death Be Not Proud: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Wovenhand & Tau

Just in time for the Autumn Equinox, a trio of albums were released on September 9 that deal with death and spirituality in varying but connected ways. While actual listening enjoyment can also vary, these are all pretty sophisticated treatments … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Psummer: Return to the Dark Side

Last year, Tame Impala and Jacco Gardner set the tone for the psychedelic summer with a fairly upbeat mix of electro psych and bucolic pop. It’s fitting with all the horrendous murder sprees and ugly politics that this year’s crop … Continue reading

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Lola Colt – Twist Through The Fire (Black Tigress)

In last year’s Psych Noir piece, Lola Colt was the key focus in the section titled, “Guns, Peyote ‘n’ Dark Highways.” Their evocative debut Away From The Water (Fuzz Club, 2014) brought to mind garage noir pioneers like The Scientists, … Continue reading

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Jess and the Ancient Ones – Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes (Svart)

Kuopio, Finland’s Jess and the Ancient ones came out strong in 2012, picking up where The Devil’s Blood left off with a shimmering debut album of psych noir and driving metal guitars. Despite the growing popularity and attention drawn to … Continue reading

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Post-Punk/Garage Noir: Protomartyr, Hand Of Dust & Kill West

Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art) Protomartyr are a difficult band to get into. You can’t just absorb them in the background, as Joe Casey’s unmelodic monotone reinforces the grey grimness of their Detroit post-punk garage noir, which threatens … Continue reading

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Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper (Rise Above)

I can’t say this was long awaited, as Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have released four albums in six years, but The Night Creeper is certainly highly anticipated. After touring with Black Sabbath in 2013 only in Europe, they finally … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopes & Grimoires: Psych Noir

With hindsight it seems even long before rock music existed, it was destiny for the occult, mysticism, and mythological underworlds from the dark side of human nature and imagination, to become closely tied with particular types of music. Certainly not … Continue reading

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The Lucid Dream – The Lucid Dream (Holy Are You? Recordings)

While there’s no shortage of bands practicing feedback-drenched psych rock, The Lucid Dream have been perfecting their own distinct recipe since their first EP in 2010 involving ingredients like garage noir, shoegaze, German kosmische/space rock, pre and post-NYC no-wave noise, … Continue reading

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