Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Psych Fest Volume One
(Addicted Label BNiL no#, 2016, DL)

Various Artists — Psych Fest Volume Two
(Addicted Label BNiL no#, 2016, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-11-01

Psych Fest Volume One Cover artPsych Fest Volume Two Cover art

Selections from the bands that played at Psych Fest I and Psych Fest II in Russia, plus some planned for Psych Fest III are contained on this double CD set. Most of the bands are new to me with the exception of Vespero, who we’ve covered in the past, and Jahroom, a band I recently reviewed. Volume 1 for the most part is a collection of instrumentals, while Volume 2 contains a number of vocal tracks. In most cases a band has only a single track, but Atomic Simao contributed two on Volume 1, with Vice Versa and Transnadežnost’ contributing one track on each volume. Volume 1 opens with “Teatime” by the band Les, a quiet ambient instrumental with a strong resemblance to the Cosmic Couriers that slowly unfolds and then closes with subliminal voices. The next track is “Awakening” by Atomic Simao, that sounds like a reverbed Neu! or Harmonia. This is an excellent Russian take on Krautrock. Next is the ten-minute “Boneless” by Snakecharm, a cool pseudo-Krautrock freakout blending elements of motorik drumming and Amon Düül II. Matushka follows with “Mother Volga” that presents two slices of hard blues rock around a filling of excellent psych guitar jam. Atomic Simao then returns with “Future in the Past,” another Krautrock jam with a hint of Human League. Next is the Vice Versa psych jam “Hey! Jam” that sounds like the middle section from “Interstellar Overdrive.” The Night Collectors contributed an untitled cosmic jam instrumental with a ton of tremelo guitar. Then Transnadežnost presents their Krautrock influenced “Kallash.” Track 9 finally brings us to Vespero’s “K.A.M.S.A.S,” a psych amalgamation of Pink Floyd and King Crimson. Dröme follows with “Sacrifice,” another psych jam with drums, bass, and guitar. And the disc closes with the excellent “North Berry” by Polska Radio One, the only vocal track on the disc. This is a trippy 60s style song with similarities to George Harrison’s Indian influenced songs.

Volume Two presents a different side of Russian psych. This disc opens with the 20-minute opus by Dvory, “Obsidian.” Here we experience amorphous floating drone music with different sounds drifting in and out of the mix. This trance inducing dreamscape is reminiscent of Brian Eno and John Hassell. Track two is “Flattering Thought” by Pree Tone, a 60s style psych rock song that ends abruptly. Transnadežnost return next with “Ladoga,” an instrumental track with a strong Hawkwind influence. Markaria Rho follow with “Red Lodge,” a trippy 60s style song, buried vocals, and acoustic guitar. Following this song is “тебе 12” by бичкрафт, an energetic instrumental stoner rock track with the familiar I-IV-V-I chord sequence. The next track is “Cut-35” by Jahroom, which I recently reviewed. And the juxtaposition of “Cut-35” with the music on this set reveals some new elements. Lucidvox’ “Солнце” is next and the first song with female vocals. This song is an example of gothic psych with a cool bass riff. Next we experience Ministry of Flowers’ “The Gates,” with English lyrics and a vocalist channeling Lou Reed. The result is a song somewhere between The Seeds and The Thirteenth Floor Elevators. Kamni’s “Forest Song” is one of the best on the entire two volumes with its reverbed guitar and gothic western sound. Volume 2 closes with Vice Versa’s cover of Hawkwind’s “Master of the Universe,” with an extended jam that slowly fades away.

Since there are no ambient crowd noises anywhere, I suspect that the twenty-one tracks were recorded in the studio. So if you are looking for some new and exciting music, be sure to check out this excellent compilation.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Vespero, Polska Radio One, Various Artists, Matushka, Jahroom

More info
http://noname666.bandcamp.com/album/psych-fest-volume-one

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Threshold - Clone – Given that this is a Karl Groom project, and that it's on the GEP label, and that the first tune is called "Freaks," you would be pretty safe to assume this is another tired and unwanted neo-prog...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues