So I’ve been let loose on another Two for Thursday and rather than looking forwards I’m looking back (a bit). However these are two songs you’re going to want to chase up because they are perfect for mid-to-late summer; both being sweet cuts of psychedelic pop they compliment those somnolent, humid and hazy evenings of August.
First up Liverpool’s The Vryll Society who are well known to those active on the local music scene. They’ve been going for a few years and have a loyal following gracing various venues and festivals in the city and regularly championed by local music magazines and blog sites.
Having released a series of critically acclaimed singles over the past few years including live favourites “Sacred Flight” and “A Perfect Rhythm”, this swaggering psych-pop quintet have built up a strong grassroots following, culminating in appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and TRNSMT over the past twelve months.
Their latest single “Shadow of a Wave”, released on August 4 on Deltasonic, is a shimmering wave of krautrock rhythms and melodic-pop breeziness. From the opening strut of bass and motorik beat, “Shadow of a Wave” moves through the gears shifting into a melange of psychedelic guitar, new wave synths and dream-like vocals. It just seems to effervesce in a kodachromic whir of melodies.
Combining the motorik drive of Neu! with the sophistication of Air, The Vryll Society create something colourful, beautifully melodic and heady. Go out and buy this. Your summer memories will thank you.
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Next up is more psychedelic goodness with Chicago’s Secret Colours. Their album Dream Dream was released back in July to much critical acclaim.
“Feed The Machine”, which appears halfway through the album, is a funky 70’s edged thumper that owes it’s pounding glare to the glam sounds of the mid 1970’s. If you listen closely you can hear elements of Gerry Rafferty (seriously just check out Get It Right Next Time), Steely Dan and more recent artists like The Stone Roses, Mansun and Jagwar Ma. The driving keyboard riff locks-in the beat and allows guitar, electric piano and funk bass to skip down the musical corridor knocking on doors like some blissed-out funk-drenched bell-hop.
“Feed The Machine” takes its musical cues from indie, pop, psychedelia and a fair hit of garage rock, sweeping the listener up in a myriad of melodies that make up Secret Colours‘ signature sound. Swirling and dream-like, it tackles the themes of technology and how we interact with it.
Dream Dream is out now.
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