Pancho-san is a new group formed by members of Bay Area bands Beulah and Rogue Wave. The group recently released this new video for the song “Kick The Fences Down,” which is featured on their debut album available for download via Bandcamp. Count these guys among the growing legion of talented contemporary psychedelic acts coming from the West Coast.
San Francisco’s Rangers first came onto my radar last year with the release of the highly impressive debut LP Suburban Tours (and then again on the split Bored Fortress 7″ with Ducktails). That release featured a collection of infectuous radio nuggets steeped in the frothy haze of lo fi, tape-warped pop. Much of that sound carries over into the new LP, Pan Am Stories, but on this one those lo fi 80s pop grooves meld with with genuinely proggy undertones to push the songs into jammier, more expansive soundscape. That’s not surprising considering that the man behind it all, multi-instrumentalist Joe Knight, “grew up taking classical guitar lessons from a dude who claimed to have ‘toured with the Dead.'” Below, listen to one of the new tracks from Pan Am Stories, and then head over to No Not Fun to purchase it. This one will surely making a run for our ‘best of 2011’ list.
“Conversations On a Jet Stream”
Amid the current wave of retro, sun-bleached beach pop, comes Japanese outfit Friends (aka Shota Kaneko & friends). But what stands out about this group are the hazy, reverb-drenched guitar swells and muffled Brian Wilson-esque vocal harmonies (sung entirely in English) which combine to create a genuine nostalgic vibe, instantly transporting us to the days of Coppertone and warm ocean breeze. Friends’ debut LP, Let’s Get Together Again, dropped earlier this summer on Japanese imprint Second Royal Records. You can stream it in its entirety below.
POND hail from Perth, Australia, the same stomping grounds as brother band Tame Impala, who share three of the same band members. The bands also share common sonic ground—traversing the inners of contemporary psych-pop—although POND’s approach is more straight-forward and remains closer to a vintage 70’s psych sound. Tame guitarist Nick Albrook, who pens the group’s songs and takes on vocal duties, is joined by bandmate drummer Jay Watson, and Joseph Orion as well as Tame frontman Kevin Parker (on drums) for live shows. The band has three albums out (which you can purchase via iTunes) and another expected to drop in 2012. Check out the video below, which contains the song “Greens Pool” off a limited edition 7″ vinyl available through Badminton Bandit. I’ve also thrown in the video for “Annie Orangetree” to give you a better idea.
“Midnight Siren,” the latest track from L.A. psych rockers Jeffertitti’s Nile, is another impressive nugget exhibiting the band’s knack for hazy space rock. Snarling, fuzzed-out organs and various types of analog wash lay beneath the reverb-drenched vocals of lead singer Jeffertitti Moon on this astral noise journey. The song appears on a split 7″ vinyl with Dahga Bloom available now via Volcom Records or as an MP3 via Bandcamp.