The summer has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. However brief or prolonged the spells of sunshine may be, here is World Music Network’s top 5 psychedelic tracks to accompany the humid and hazy (or perhaps overcast and disappointingly chilly?) evenings of the summer ahead.
If the repetitive and deceptively intricate repeated rhythm guitar line and steady percussion doesn’t do it then the meandering slide guitar lines and haunting vocals should enduce a realm of relaxation you forgot you were capable of.
Is there an instrument so ubiquitously linked with the psychedelic sound? This track epitomises the influence of Indian music on psychedelic music with the sitar alongside acoustic guitar and tabla underneath an ethereal vocal line floating on a breeze…
Cue surf-inspired electric guitars, off-beat keyboard stabs, reverb-laced vocals and a repetitive drum pattern to create a honey-sweet psychedelic journey from 1960s Cambodia.
Funky rhythm guitar, organ riffs, deep brass, sporadic flute and lusciously distant vocals combine to create this feast of cloudy 1970s psychedelic Bollywood.
Just listen to those fuzzed-up, wah-drenched guitar lines!