Zoning Out with Chicago Hartley, Joshua Jones, and VAAAL

Chicago Hartley

Chicago Hartley is a psychedelic project in pure low fidelity by the innovative Swedish music producer, Jimmy Ledrac.

“Zoning Out”, a track by Chicago Hartley, will bring a tear to the eye if you let it. Indeed, it pulls on the heartstrings and brings one to a somber state of meditative solitude.

The wailing organ and eclectic soundscape brings an ornate and colorful element to the psychedelic hammond laden tune. It’s a true treat for the connoisseur of sound vibration.

Joshua Jones

The UK native Joshua Jones delivers his latest track, “Just Like You.” A rare rugged gem from the wasteland of psychedelia.

Growing up in various regions of the UK from the vast coasts of South West Cornwall to the small islands of Herm and Guernsey located in the English Channel off the coasts of Normandy. Jones found a pastime in writing and recording music early on.

By the close of his teenage years, Joshua planted roots within the bustling city of London, working in a West London music studio. There he spent countless nights honing his craft.

Joshua currently resides in Stockholm where he continues to write and work on his music. In short, Jones delivers raw emotion that has left us all wanting more.

Spotify Bonus Track Ft. David Per Martensson & VAAAL

VAAAL is part artist, mad scientist, producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and synthesist.

His self-titled debut album is a deep dive into his dark and twisted fantasy world, full of handmade instruments, experimental sound choices, and cinematic, epic valleys and peaks.

Bowed string instruments, analog synthesizers and the granular essence of love bathed in real spring reverb makes this piece a meditative experience of reflection and true gratitude.

From the deepest ambient drones and textural soundscapes to high-intensity percussive explosions and bombastic orchestras, this album is a trip through the multiverse and beyond.

Le Cirque Ft. Johannas Kabaréorkester, Casachanclas, Train Fantôme

The opening song we have for you today, entitled “Lindansen”, is a lovely eclectic tune, indeed a cryptic waltz dancing its way into the carnival of the bizarre. A premeditated sonic routine of sorts, subjugated by the supernatural.

The waxing and waning soundscape sweep the listener off to a far away sonic festival complete with a troupe of dancing elephants and a one-eyed cycling monkey dressed up as a mime.

A public freak show of the sublime. A true peek behind the facade of the circus.

The track is about the feats of tightrope walker Johanna as she amazes yet horrifies the audience with her dance with death. 

Johannas Kabaréorkester is based out of Sweden. Give the artist a sub on YouTube.

Casachanclas is an indie rock collective emanating timeless vibrations of a voracious nature. The project is out of Berkeley, California.

The band binds elements of indie, surf, and dance music.

Their first self-produced EP came out July 1st.

“Bliss” is a harmonic desert rock, guitar driven track depicting lucid dreams of a catatonic sort.

It’s got a slow and steady assent with pixelated drum machines, a funky bass, voluptuous vocal melodies, and eclectic piano accents. The cyclical soundscape intertwines harmonic vocals and a hair-raising guitar of grit.

Feel free to settle down light one up and take a load off. And be sure to keep up with the Casachanclas on YouTube.

Freak folk extraordinaire Train Fantôme is an eclectic artistic duo out of France. Their latest track is a psychedelic slow dance into the underworld of all that is roots music.

I played this song for my three year old niece. And she said: “leave this song on”. And then she danced through the living room while making up her own lyrics of toddler gibberish. She loved it. And if she loved it, then so will you. Now, lend an ear.

Train Fantôme is made up of Lise Dua and Antoine Nouel, and this track is off of their upcoming album “Nous sommes dans un rêve”.

The vocals are a sweet and refreshingly delicate aromatic fragrance coupled with an eclectic assortment of subdued instrumentation. Little more than a fragmented dreamscape smelling of fresh cut grass on a warm spring time afternoon. A true treat for the romantic at heart.

If you want to hear more, Train Fantôme can be found on YouTube. Don’t forget to give the project a sub. And as always, keep on keeping on.

Top Music Video of the Vernal Equinox: Satchel Hart – Liquid Sunshine (2021)

At only 24, Satchel Hart draws inspiration from the seventies and French revival scene, as he defends psychedelia with a cosmic passion, and glides through both space and time en route to a mystical land filled with ecstasy and eclectic delicacies.

This endearing and mysterious recluse, writes and records his tracks alone in his shack at the back of his garden. As a multi-instrumentalist, Hart develops a passion for guitars and synthesizers, that he uses to hypnotize us in his parallel world.

“Liquid Sunshine”, created for both feverish naps and festivals, encapsulates the innocence of an eternal summer and immerses the intoxicated listener into a noxious cosmic lullaby filled with sonic vibrations from the underworld of the unconscious.

Follow Satchel Hart on Spotify, and be sure to give him a follow. You never know.

Bedroom Nostalgia Ft. José Lobo, Ángel Rafael, Jintana & Emeralds

José Lobo

José Lobo was conceived in Venezuela, brought up in Brazil, but currently resides in the peaceful land of Canada.

“Quedatela” is a winsome track recorded and produced last summer on Jose’s phone, it’s about having a conversation with oneself as the outskirts of the mind flirt between sane rational thought and the more manic ideas of the inner-world.

As the days last year were slowly passing by, a picture a friend gave Jose, a picture of cliffs by the pacific ocean – helped Jose keep his mind intact, and helped him to keep moving forward despise the onslaught of negative press.

Although he laid in bed with water that swelled within his head. He rose from his bitter dread, with spinning thoughts of sadness in his weary head. These are some of the words that come to mind as Lobo plays softly in the background and rain splatters upon the concrete patio.

Mellotron is also heard throughout as the poignant vocals of Lobo beautifully accent the soundscape. The track was beautifully mixed by Victor Zhang.

Lobo has performed in streets and stages across Europe, North Africa and the Americas. He continues to explore his sound as a Latin American through his songwriting stylistic path.

Ángel Rafael

A lush and sensual track. “Blue Plate” has intrinsic characteristics of a lo-fi pop, yet atmospheric track dripping with ambiance.

Chill-wave vibrations encapsulate the bedroom jam that’s dripping with epicurean energy. A seeker of the downtempo voluptuous.

He gives his stone a shake, and walks until the fate of the world that is slowly setting adrift.

No direct lyrics but ethereal vocals start about a minute in, and then the iridescent percussion comes in just after. And from that point on, the track has the listener in its grip. A trancelike experience of bestial ineptitude.

Mastered at Spice house sound by Alex Santilli. The track is a must listen as we slowly drift out of primavera.

Jintana & Emeralds

Japans’s very own, Jintana & Emeralds dreamy nostalgic single is a trip back through memory lane.

Hailing from the city of Tokyo, Jintana & Emeralds is known for their Doo-Wop sound and blending American Oldies with progressive Japanese ambient music.

The six-member band is back together after taking a long break to release their next album.

The project is an idyllic universe straight out of the 1950s that runs parallel to ours. The only other sound’s the break, of distant waves and birds awake. The stone is gentle, smooth, yet fake. An ominous ode of nostalgia to a sound now dead and gone.

“Oh! Southern Wind” is an alternative take on the group’s well known sound and effortlessly fuses the harmony of three female vocalists into a single delectable delight fit for kings and queens alike.

Underground Hour Ft. The Citradels, Blume, Perlin Noise, and Sawel Underground

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.

Now take a dive into the colorful world of The Citradels on Spotify, and be sure to give the outfit a follow.

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.

Listen to Perlin Noise on Spotify and be sure to give the project a follow.

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.