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Electronic duo The Future Sound of London have been dabbling with psychedelic rock music under the Amorphous Androgynous moniker for nearly two decades. They have created a collage of sounds, with space and funk conspiring together to lead our mind to wonderfully weird places. The 2009 compilation album – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind – sees Amorphous Androgynous remix a unique array of musicians from Sixties beat songwriter Donovan and avant-garde jazz flautist Bob Downes to space rock legends Hawkwind and Indian classical genius Hariprasad Chaurasia. Their epic remix of Oasis’ Falling Down is a trip by itself. So elaborately eclectic that we should never forget to mention “just don’t try dropping acid while listening” any time we recommend it to someone.

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AM’s Grand Opinion is one of those gorgeously effortless pop songs written and played by one of those singers/songwriters inspired by Wilco. While most times lacking the virtuosity of Wilco, AM still kicks it up a notch in this track and settles into a groovy vibe that even includes a thirty second tribute to the Eighties sound and shy saxophone licks that coax our ears every now and then. Do check out their/his Future Sons & Daughters album. Carefree melodies for the iPOD generation and somehow still very listenable.

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Black Moth Super Rainbow is not the stupidest band name you’ve heard. There are three anally–retentive bands out there in contention for this award. The Ass Baboons of Venus, Accidental Goat Sodomy and of course, The Anal Retentive Mississippi Scavenger Hunt. So you can listen to BMSR, without paying attention to the insipid christening, and enjoy the sound of American folk and electronica being put through the loveliest of meat grinders. It wouldn’t be fair to call this pop music. In fact their album Eating Us, with its many intense freak out moments, sounds so insecure that it barely qualifies as music. Yet in this fragility lies a vault of lovely noise. For instance, astronauts should be mandatorily asked to dream to the track Iron Lemonade. Space just wouldn’t feel right without it.

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Sunn O))) comprises the who’s who of experimental/noise metal. With musicians from Khanate, Burning Witch and Goatsnake, they have made skull-crushing doom music for the better part of the decade. Thankfully, they have also developed a fondness for spaced-out droning that is as much jazz as it is metal. I hardly listen to as much drone and dark ambient music as I used to, but one particular track from Sunn O))) recent album Monoliths and Dimensions hijacked my attention. The song Alice, their tribute to avant-garde jazz pianist Alice Coltrane (Yup, John Coltrane’s wife), is seductive, brooding and lushly orchestrated. The sound of a lonely trombone flourishing at the end of Alice amidst wavering improvisational jazz is just about the prettiest thing I have heard in this genre.

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Amazon says that San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips “play a minimal, droning brand of garage-styled psychedelia with a noticeable ’60s influence”. According to Pitchfork, their music has a “dash of 1970s Kraut two-note rhythm, a gauzy Spacemen 3 filter, and a garage-rocked low-fi fetish.” The fiery, desert groove-driven Down By The Sea of their Dos album fulfils a sick fantasy of mine. A fantasy in which Bono never met Edge and instead got roped in as a vocalist by Joy Division to replace Ian Curits during the Eighties.

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Amorphous Androgynous & Oasis – Falling Down (Remix)

AM – Grand Opinion

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Iron Lemonade

Sunn O))) – Alice

Listen

Wooden Shjips – Down By The Sea

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Amorphous Androgynous’ A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Exploding in Your Mind

AM – Future Sons And Daughters

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us

Sun O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions

Wooden Shjips – Dos

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