Travel Check – 66$

Paris based Travel Check recently released 66$, a four step journey into a world made of fuzzy tones and garage sounds.

Starting with the title track, the listener is instantly surrounded by a catchy vibe. The beating drums feverishly sustain the hazy guitar chords, offering a great example of punk’n’roll. This way the band created a nice and joyful atmosphere, enriching the surf-pop sonorities with airy and strongly reverberated voices.

Third track La Gravière is a dirty and druggy rock’n’roll that restlessly flows for a two minute storm of fuzzy sounds. Just give it a listen to enjoy the powerful feeling this tune can offer.

Feels alright, last tune on this album, pushes the overdrive to the limit: it’s really easy to recognize a pure garage attitude on the arrangements and sound effects this french combo used.

No other word to describe the pleasant listening you can experience throughout the entire track list; you just have to stream this record over and over.


The Vickers – Ghosts

Florence based The Vickers recently released Ghosts, a great work of genius that starts with one of the greatest bass lines you can find on a record nowadays.

Surfing the late 60s revival, the band found a proper way to express such a lysergic vibe, with lots of acid guitar effects and steamy drums to sustain the tunes. This record would surely please all the psych-rock lovers, thanks to a genuine songwriting and a peculiar way of referring to the krautrock golden age.

You can find tons of references throughout the entire track-list: a little bit of Barrett’s harmonies in the vocals, a lot of 90s indiepop influences, remarkable garage-surf sonorities. Above all, the record could easily be listed as one of the best releases we had in 2014 so far.

The highly reverberated guitar licks help the tracks to reach a beautiful state of haziness, drowning the foggy sound of the album into a sea of spiralic sounds and hypnotic lines. It’s strongly recommended to enjoy this record in one shot, streaming the ten tracks as a continuos flow of sound waves.

Even if they play with most of the standard patterns from the recent psych-pop revival, they managed to create an unique sound, composing tracks that let the 60s atmospheres and the 90s fuzzy tones walk hand in hand.

Arnold Fish – Fuzzy Beats & Cheesy Tunes

Today multi instrumentalist Arnold Fish released his 6 track record Fuzzy Beats & Cheesy Tunes: a stunning collection of psych’n’glossy pop songs that blends a huge love for the 60s with a fresh and peculiar songwriting.

This way the risk of a simple revival is way far from appearing on the record. Starting with the marvelous interweaving vocals of Lady Harrington, the album offers lots of remarkable ideas. The irregular pattern of Santa Monica (with such a good off beat feeling) is just one of the fine arrangements you can find throughout the entire track list.

Sometimes it’s quite easy to find a comparison with some typical Beatles atmospheres. Anyway, the quality of the tunes gives you no doubt about Arnold’s abilities: just listen to The Amazing Chemical Man to appreciate his elegant way of composing.

A full immersion into this cabinet of sounds is strongly recommended to get the acid feeling of a crooked pop songwriting. No other way to find more about his music but listening to this pleasent stream of lysergic sounds.