Psych

PREMIERE: LUKKA's psych sound goes electro in new video "Feed Me"

“God keeps rushing through your fingers, as the hour of life slowly disappears.” Such cryptic statements are an old hat for New York psych performer LUKKA, who on new song “Feed Me” splits the difference between the metaphysical and tangible through an engrossing mix of electronic and psychedelic. Notably more synth-driven than the project’s 2018 debut ENCOUNTER, the track’s momentum is found in an abiding, lively arpeggio and strengthened by lush, echoing power chords evocative of outfits like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and POND. This blend keeps things grounded yet atmospheric, incorporating the right amount of psych headiness and keyboard-friendly indie; such instrumentation also provides the perfect space for LUKKA’s free-form lyricism, a spacey falsetto that modulates between themes empirical and spiritual (and which inevitably become entangled in the track’s later half). You can stream the track now, as well as watch its visuals (created by artists Simone Brillarelli and Nicola Giorgio) below.

   

Los Black Dogs "Cúrame el Alma"

Los Black Dogs have released a new single called "Cúrame el Alma". This is the band's second single and follow-up to 2019's "Fuego". The Mexican Rock band blends Spanish and English in through out their lyrics and traditional and Psych Rock elements through out their sound.

This is the work of Juan Valdez (vocals/voz), Ricardo Orozco (guitar/guitarra), Joel Ezquivel (bass/bajo), and Gerardo Varela (drums/bateria).

   

Varsity "Reason To Run"

Varsity is planning to release their latest album, Fine Forever, via Run For Cover on May 29th. This week they released the album's latest single, "Reason To Run", and it accompanying visuals below.

This is the band's third album follow-up 2018's acclaimed Parallel Person, and "Reason To Run" is the album second single following-up the album's lead single and opening track "Runaway".

   

Psych rockers Gateway Drugs release DIY video for "Slumber"

Gateway Drugs' new track "Slumber" stands at an intersection between U2, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, blending shoegaze and fuzzed-out arena rock into a song that could blow out your speakers. But instead of going big with the video, the band chose to film it themselves, using a Handycam to record a day in their lives at Josh Homme's Pink Duck studios. The resulting video comes out more intimate and chaotic than anything a big budget could create; it also provides a look back to when you could just walk outside and fool around with your friends. "Slumber" appears on Gateway Drugs' sophomore LP PSA, which drops on May 8th. Take a look at the video for "Slumber" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Cloud Cruiser "King Couch"

Desert Rock group Cloud Cruiser has released a 4 minute and 20 second song today, 4/20, called "King Couch". The track is set to be included on a new compilation from Shuga Records called Highly Recommended Chicago: Vol. 1: G6, The Legalization.

Cloud Cruiser is currently scheduled to perform at Beat Kitchen on May 30th with Boatman's Toll and Trouble.