The Citradels – Dead Time
If you’re into underground rock and roll music, well then it’s just a matter of time before you stumble upon The Citradels, a psychedelic folk outfit from the faraway yet all too familiar metropolis of Melbourne, Australia.
This is the sort of vibration that sounds as if it was made in an underground cavern, lit only by candlelight, furnished with an old organ, and attended solely by skeletons strewn about the rugged theater of stalagmites and stalactites, listening intently with hollow eyes and dead ears, with nothing but time on their hands.
No matter how hard one might try to pretend, something deep down inside feels as if something went wrong, long ago. What? Well, nobody can quite remember, but at least we will always know that “it’s not meant to be this way”.
And as the last note drifted through the cavernous room, a drip of sunshine dropped from his forehead, and fell forever into the luminous mist of the abyss and into the great fractal ocean of the machine world.
Blume – In Heaven
If one must encapsulate the sonic texture of the underground movement, then one would be hard pressed to find a finer representation of the sound other than Blume, a band flirting with the psychedelic outskirts of the heart of the cryptic movement of dread.
The organ and wavy underlying sound-waves of nostalgic synthesizers takes one on a funkadelic trip through the contemporary chronicles of a project that has indeed been in the presence of Jesus Christ and bathed in his radical glory of holiness.
What seems a fading memory to most, is an antiquated nightmare for others. Indeed, if rest is not in store for the wicked, then who must sleep? The righteous? The meek? When will satisfaction find those who seek it? Will we ever be redeemed and released from this purgatory of suffering? When will we find peace?
These are the manic ramblings of the unforgiven, the lost, the damned, and the fearful. But fear not, for we have the comforting beauty of Blume. Now, check out Blume on Spotify, and give the radical project a follow before you forget again. After all, you are apart of a species inflicted with episodes of amnesia.
Perlin Noise – Glimpse of a World
The brand new single “Glimpse Of A World” is a modern throwback to sixties power-pop encroaching upon the outer-edge of psychedelia. It is the first Perlin Noise recording to feature the full live band of Bret Black, Tom Lessig, Nate Getchell, and Matt Werner.
The track has a unique buildup and combines the nostalgic aura of classic rock infused with a blend of analog and digital sound.
Although the project is not an obscene departure into the underground sound, it bleeds it still, along with a bit of the grunge and a dash of rockabilly grooviness. And at times, acts as the comedic jester of the court.
Sawel Underground – Hundred-Sunned Dream Sister I
Sawel Underground is composed of Tristan Hale, Matthew Jones, Stan Taylor, and Ashleigh Moore, all hailing from the Staffordshire Moorlands.
The members of Sawel Underground could be described as rugged, or even “derelict” (in their own tongue) but nonetheless they’re a colorful project with a sense of nostalgic haze, much like the music from the sixties and beyond.
Unfortunately, the lockdowns of 2020 ended their manic spree of live gigs, but allowed them the opportunity to refine their sound within the confines of the studio. In a way, some could say that the involuntary isolation was a blessing in disguise.
Sawel Underground’s debut single ‘Hundred-Sunned Dream Sister I’ delves more into their psychedelic-folk sound featuring a range of antiquated instruments as well as a modified guitar that produces a sitar-like vibration.
It’s a wonderfully delightful exploration into the sound of psychedelia and a must listen as we throttle through the space and time of a new age bleeding with the nostalgic essence of yesterday.
Feel out Sawel Underground on Spotify and be sure to give the band a follow. The outfit also has a radical rendition of “Wild Thing” that is well worth a listen.1