New album from Michigan rockers Heaters. The new one is called Matterhorn. Heaters has an excellent swirling sound of guitars, keys, bass, drums, and vocals. Matterhorn is a fantastic psych-rock soundscape that seems like it belongs in the ever-changing season of Autumn. I love how the vocals get really layered and distorted by each other. The guitars are another really well done part in the sound of the new album. The way they layer the guitars makes for that drone-y type of psych-rock, it’s really excellent. The song writing is great too, each song gets wrapped up in itself and the album as a whole. When Matterhorn ends it’s kinda of like, is that the end? I could listen to it over and over, and not get tired of it. Matterhorn by Heaters is a fantastic piece of psych-rock that can be enjoyed by all.
New music from Richmond, VA band Minor Poet. The new album is called And How!. It is a riveting, beach-rock, summer haze kind of album. The songs are super catchy and well put together. The jangle of the guitar along with the vocals makes for a great combination. Minor Poet has that kind of sound that you can listen to anywhere, but is optimized on a bright, windy/sunny day. And How! is an album that makes the edges of everything a litter brighter and crisper. One of my favorite tracks, “Sudoku, An Enlightment”, is a testament to losing yourself to boredom and procrastination. “Judith Beheading Holofernes” is another favorite of mine, it is super catchy with that guitar rhythm and the vocal pattern. And How! by Minor Poet is not to be missed out on!
While the crowds were away at Pickathon, half decade old favorites; Ah God, Candace and Orquestra Pacifico Tropical played Doug Fir Friday Aug 4. Ah God always gives a great show with focused deliberate sets full of just the perfect amount of lo-fi, pop, and psych.
This photo sums up their sound. Weird and retro up front with poppy guitars fading into the background.
Catch them again on Tuesday Aug 15th at Mississippi Studios with the Ghost Ease and Jo Passed.
Candace sounds like a sinuous floral Mucha painting.
Check out Candace live with The Wild Body, Monster Treasure, and Squishies on Friday Aug 25th at the Know. It’s going to be great.
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical shows are a journey through space and style. They are miracle workers, making psych music temptingly danceable. They’re playing again Sunday Sept 3 with Edna Vasquez at Mississippi Studios. Don’t miss it.
Major thanks to Chris Bigalke for organizing the lineup AND for supplying a long steady flow of superfresh show posters to cover the walls and streets.
Close Encounter is a new band from Seattle. They just released a 7-track EP called First Light. The EP is so groovy and catchy, I can’t stop listening to it. Driving beats, dizzying synths, and well-written guitar parts all make up the excellent song writing that Close Encounter has. I really like how the sound is on the darker side of shoegaze, but still has that super groovy bass line and guitar riffs. You get a feel of the album as soon as the opening notes of “Lumina” hit your ears. Overall, First Light by Close Encounter is a fantastic album with plenty of indie-soul, dream-pop, and shoegaze. Tell your friends!
New episode of Killing Sasquatch Radio on Freeform Portland 90.3fm aired today and you can listen to it below! Catch me again in two weeks on the air or online at freeformportland.org.
You can also check out the track list and skip the voice over on my Spotify playlist.