All posts tagged: neo-psychedelic



Stephen Kalinich and Jon Tiven have a career and and a list of credits as impressive as one can imagine. Amongst the luminaries, this would include The Beach Boys, Alex Chilton, and so on. Kalinich, wrote lyrics for many of the stronger tracks in The Beach Boys’ catalogue; Tiven has been a music journalist, guitarist, producer and writer and both show no signs of slowing down.  In 2012, they released the masterful 2-CD set, Shortcuts to Infinity/Symptomology, which was a monumental achievement.  While this new album, Each Soul Has A Voice, is a 14 track offering, it is once again, a collection of songs with heart and mind. Some of the guest players include Tiven’s wife Sally on bass and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars (son of Jim, brother of Luther) on drums, Queen’s Brian May, Stax mainstay Steve “Colonel” Cropper, and extra drum appearances by Steve Ferrone and Anton Fig.  Quite an outstanding cast. The beauty and interesting element in listening to Each Soul Has a Voice  is the quality of the …


EP REVIEW: Ohnomoon, “VVV”

This is great.  I’ll cut to the chase.  New York-based Ohnomoon release their debut EP, VVV and it’s a knockout.  Tight, melodic, familiar and combining the elements that I love from my ’80’s younger days, this band make it their own.  As time goes by and the name of Ohnomoon becomes known, you’ll hear the same comparisons:  My Bloody Valentine (without the aural assault factor), Lush, Curve and the like – this band are undoubtedly their offspring.  I’d even offer up my beloved That Petrol Emotion as I can hear the pop-melody-structure mixed in with the drone and controlled feedback.  “Shoegazer” was, at one time, something of a negative connotation – this band seem to wear it with pride.  But they’re much more than that as these five songs will testify. Kat Lee’s softly, breathy vocals which build into power, carry these songs into an even higher state than the music, which incorporates psychedelia as well as the aforementioned soundscapes.  “Low” opens the EP with a sinister riff and clean in-between textures by Corey Oliver’s …