U.K. Compilation Flies Flag For Psychedelic Rock
U.K. label Northern Star Records is hoping to expose worldwide listeners to a host of up-and-coming psychedelic rock acts via the compilation "Psychedelica: Volume One."U.K. label Northern Star Records is hoping to expose worldwide listeners to a host of up-and-coming psychedelic rock acts via the compilation "Psychedelica: Volume One," which was released internationally in late March. A North American release is pending, while a second collection is due in December.
The two-disc, 33-track set runs the gamut from pioneers such as the Silver Apples and the Electric Prunes to more established acts such as the Brian Jonestown Massacre and rising stars like the Lovetones, the High Dials and the Black Angels.
"None of these bands sound anything like each other, yet they're classed as psychedelia," says Northern Star co-founder Scott Causer. "The psychedelic genre has developed in all sorts of different directions and is very diverse." Causer and partner Andy Oliver appear on the album with their own bands, the Electric Mainline and Spacegarden, respectively.
"We noticed that on MySpace, bands are altering their profile genres to include 'psychedelic' as their primary genre and now we are receiving CDs from more mainstream indie bands who have exclusively recorded psychedelic tracks especially to appear on our album," Oliver says.
Though unique in its own right, the new brand of authentic vintage rock would have fit right in 35 years ago. The Brian Jonestown Massacre sprung from the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane, while the Doors and Velvet Underground inspired the emerging Black Angels. Acts like the Vandelles keep one foot in pre-psychedelic surf rock while remaining true to the shoegazer movement of the 1990s.
"I think psychedelia has always been there, but it has been prominent twice before and now it's returning to prominence for the third time," Causer says. "I couldn't begin to describe the journey, as psychedelia is a journey within itself. It'll go where it goes."
Interested parties can purchase the compilation from the label's Web site; an MP3 version of the project is also in the works.