psychedelic music

berlioz

Psych album of the week: Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (1830)

While your mileage may vary when it comes to its psychedelic nature, Symphonie Fantastique certainly takes the listener on a trip, musically and thematically speaking

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Dopesmoker

Psych album of the week: Sleep’s Dopesmoker (1995)

Time becomes relative and you surrender to the experience, track markers and breaks in the music be damned

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orb

Psych album of the week: The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991)

The double-disc is jam-packed with guest players, mind-altering samples, and the Orb’s comedown, chill-out vibe

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Schmidt

Psych album of the week: Sinoia Caves’ The Enchanter Persuaded (2006)

In his own project, Black Mountain’s Jeremy Schmidt has free rein to craft his own brand of mostly instrumental synth-based soundscapes

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funkadelic-maggot

Psych album of the week: Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain (1971)

The album’s trippy production touches include heavily treated percussion, extended Hendrix-style, fuzz drenched, wah-guitar solos, and strange atonal vocalizations

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brmc

Psych album of the week: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s B.R.M.C. (2001)

The band creates memorable tunes that swagger and will themselves into existence despite changing musical trends—pretty much what rock ‘n’ roll is all about

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cream-1967

Psych album of the week: Cream’s Disraeli Gears (1967)

Not only is it one of the finest records released in that bumper crop year, it is surely one of the best classic rock records of all time

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Silver-Apples

Psych album of the week: Silver Apples (1968)

Bands like Suicide and later, Stereolab and Portishead, all profess their admiration for Silver Apples and their DIY electronic approach

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barrett

Psych album of the week: Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs (1970)

As a pop album, it’s a disaster. As a document of Syd Barrett’s splintering psyche, on the other hand, it’s fascinating

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