Everyone loves psych these days, don’t they? With bands like The Lucid Dream on the scene it’s easy to see why. After 2015’s critically acclaimed self-titled album, it seems there’s no let-up in creativity, as this year saw the release of yet another positively received record, Compulsion Songs.
While many artists in the psych genre stick to a fairly rigid interpretation of what that term means, the Carlisle band seems to revel in breaking the shackles of what is expected of them. Taking in influences as diverse as Krautrock and rockabilly, while tipping a nod to dub and drone on the way, they’ve received glowing praise from virtually every DJ on the BBC 6Music roster and been much heralded in the music press.
A listen to the eight-minute long space jam of I’m A Star In My Own Right will have you basking in the glow of reverb and thinking about booking your seat on the next space shuttle off this planet. If your pocket money doesn’t stretch quite that far, you could always venture to see them playing a show on their current tour, which happily that isn’t quite as far away; the band stop off at The Cluny 2, Newcastle on Friday 28th October.