mp3: YOOFS – Toy Organ

Carefree, sun-drenched garage rock from the UK… need I say more?  Aight fine.  YOOFS aren’t the most original band making music now, but as I’ve come to learn more and more during this year that really doesn’t matter much when music is good.  ”Toy Organ” packs a whole lot into a lean 3 minutes including a power guitar solo, a call to “shake it, shake it” and what I’m guessing is an actual toy organ.  Like fellow UK hook-masters Temple Songs, YOOFS demonstrate a lot more interest in psych rock than many of their piers and more importantly demonstrate an ability to write it well.

-PK

EP: Walrus – Lamb Girl

Last I heard from Walrus, they were making delightfully out of tune indie-rock on their Sisters EP.  Walrus have made some fidelity improvements to their sound and more importantly upped their experimentation and ambition as well with these new tracks off a split cassette with Sheepman.  Walrus’ contribution to the cassette includes the psych-rocker “Sleep” that grows from acoustic strumming to a climactic guitar solo finale and the John Lennon-channeling “Space Tigers”.  It’s awesome to see that Walrus are rising to the potential that I thought I heard from their earlier music.

-PK

mp3: Au.Ra – Morning

Our first introduction to Australian psych-rock group Au.Ra demonstrated a group with a lot of potential and great songwriting talent.  Their newest single is the decidedly more rock sounding “Morning” which drives through it’s five minutes with a consistent punk-influenced drum beat.  While “Sun” stems from the warm, synth heavy side of psych-rock that we might expect from a group like Tame Impala, “Morning” recalls Deerhunter with plenty of guitar distortion and manipulation lacing and carrying the entire song.  Au.Ra is definitely a name to watch out for.

-PK

mp3: Au.Ra – Sun

Hailing from the same continent that delivered my favorite psych-rock album of the year, Au.Ra are an Australian bedroom-rock group that are experimenting with the same sort of drug induced bliss that Tame Impala are so good at.  Shimmering with tropical-tinged guitars, “Sun” sets some pretty lofty standards as the group’s first release.  Although everything is drowned in sweet, reverby goodness, the guitars and bass melodies shine through demonstrating the groups’ technical chops.  What really makes this song stand out is the way Au.Ra build “Sun” lyrically around the idea of home recalling bands like Real Estate and DIIV.  Au.Ra is already making their rounds around the blogosphere and with tracks like “Sun” they’re set to be a 2k13 buzz band to get all buzzed about.

-PK

mp3: Dumbo Gets Mad//Venice- Viaje Astral

It’s been a while since I’ve heard new material from Italian psych-rock group Dumbo Gets Mad as they’ve stayed pretty quiet since dropping their debut Elephants at the Door last year.  Their new collaborative track with producer Venice has just about everything I liked about the band refined and condensed into its 5-minute length.  ’Viaje Astral’ explodes with color and energy as the guys have loaded it with the odd sounds and synths that made tracks like ‘Plumy Tale’ so great.  The track is constantly changing and evolving as they manage to even fit in a pretty-tight guitar solo in towards the end.  Stream below via Bad Panda Records and check out the video for the track after the jump…

-PK

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