Thursday, June 25, 2015

Journey to the center of your mind with Sacri Monti and Ecstatic Vision

Recently I've been listening to a couple of upcoming releases that are on the trippier side of things, and I suggest you check them out.

San Diego's Sacri Monti will release its self-titled debut July 24 on Tee Pee, which is my go-to label for '70s-inspired psychedelic bands. Like their label-mates Earthless, Sacri Monti knows how to rip, burying their riffage a thick, smoking haze of fuzz, and employing some serious wah-pedal gynmastics.

Philly's Ecstatic Vision take the fuzz to a whole new dimension on their Relapse debut, "Sonic Praise" (out June 30). The album is a spacey, rhythmic concoction of Hawkwind, Krautrock and Sun Ra, which goes full-on freak out on the standout track, "Astral Plane" (stream here).

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