British neo-psychedelic band mixes trippy baroque pop experimentation and classic Beatles-y craftsmanship. Debut album, Sun Structures, out today – sounds like it floated here through space from four decades behind us.

“Colours to Life”

“Move With the Season”

“The Guesser”

13 Hippest Songs of 2013


A baker’s dozen of the best songs you probably haven’t heard this year. My tastes as of late are skewed toward a retro sound.

1. “Always On” Brazos, Saltwater

2. “The Body in Rainfall” Wild Nothing, Empty Estate

3. “Colours to Life” Temples, single

4. “Come Save Me” Jagwar Ma, Howlin

5. “Falling Bough” Kiev, Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth

6. “Hold Me” Milosh, Jetlag

7. “It All Feels Right” Washed Out, Paracosm

8. “Lover Yeah” The ACBs, Little Leaves

9. “No Destruction” Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century…

10. “The Old and the Young” Midlake, Antiphon

11. “On Blue Mountain” Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century…

12. “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II

13. “Where’s the Time” Caveman, Caveman



I’ve written about these guys’ first album before but they’re still pretty under-the-radar. The Austin-based band is fronted by singer/songwriter Martin Crane, who crafts kaleidoscopic tracks that sound unlike anything else out there. His ability to write a simple acoustic-based song and turn it immense through layered multi-instrumentation is impressive. Take a listen to my two favorite cuts from their latest LP, Saltwater.

“Always On”

“How the Ranks Was Won”

The Lovetones

This psychedelic Australian quartet sounds like the summer of ’68. A cross between the Moody Blues and Tame Impala with John Lennon vocals. Any of their albums would serve as the perfect soundtrack for the lazy daze of August.


“The Party’s Over”