Inspired by a couple of friends going out to the 2012 Austin Psych Fest and by this “official” mixtape created around it, I’ve been dabbling with a few “Stoner” releases that I’ve come across in the last week or so.
Obviously, with my deep-seated sixties leanings never too far from the surface of my iPod, zoning out with a bit of meandering fuzz guitar is not exactly a giant leap for mankind, but often I find yer Dead Meadows and yer Bardo Ponds pretty clumsy and a little, well, dull… To be fair, some of the mixtape does sound a little like that, but there are, still, some great tracks that have a lighter touch and keep me interested.
Really liked this fairly blatant Brian Jonestown Massacre steal by Psychic Ills, for example:
Also this haunting echo-y thing from Amen Dunes:
Both Pychic Ills and Amen Dunes have records out on Sacred Bones and are available through Emusic.
Also featured on the Psych Fest tape are the mighty Sun Araw, one of only a few artists on it that I’d heard of before, whose Heavy Deeds record is one I’ve been listening to for a month or so (and very fine it is too).
But what’s really intriguing is the collaboration they’ve been working on with Black Ark heroes, the Congos. Heart of the Congos is one of my all time favourite records, and I’m utterly captivated by the prospect of this release.
But don’t take my word for it (why would you?):
The record, Icon Give Thank, is due for release …er…very soon (early this month, I think) and will be accompanied by a video, Icon Eye. The official “teasers” for the film don’t give much away I’m afraid, but this offering from Nowness.com does give you a genuine taste…