No Stranger Feeling is a music blog curated and edited by Tim, who currently resides in the greater San Francisco area. Formerly known as Samhain Sounds, the purpose of this site is to highlight notable independent music releases with a loose focus on experimental, psychedelic, and impressive D.I.Y. pop sounds.
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If you were into collecting obscure psych tapes back in late 2010, you may have stumbled across a cassette release called Dire Dish. This debut drone-pop album from the mysterious Australian artist called Angel Eyes was released under the radar on Not Not Fun.
Now, Angel Eyes has a new full-length cassette called Vice to Vice, which is currently out on the Moon Glyph label. This dreamy collection of burned-out alien drone-pop jams is the work of Melbourne’s Andrew Cowie. As if he’s transmitting a murky sludge of ancient extraterrestrial wisdom into the caverns of primordial life, Cowie’s warped vocals, distant drum machine taps, and dizzy synths immerse the listener in waves of color and ambient bliss.
Listen to “Off the Floor,” the almost-danceable seven-minute space jam that lifts you high in the sky onto a bed of pink fluffy clouds infested with neo-reptilian tentacles. Or should I say, wherever your imagination takes you.
Vice to Vice is currently available for sale as a limited edition cassette, with a run of 150 tapes from Moon Glyph. The tape features six spacey tracks, with cover art by Suzanne Pfutzenreuter. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
High Wolf - “Swallow Your Pills With Ganga River Water”
[A Guide to Healing 7”, Bathetic, 2011]
“If you dive into the Ganges River - the purest water on earth according to the Hindus, the most polluted and unhealthy according to science - hold your breath and open your ears, this music is what you’ll hear.”
When I close my eyes, the colors I see…
Open up your chakras and fire up the bong for this transcendental new b-side from enigmatic psych producer High Wolf. Acoustic sound loops of dizzying exotica will lift the mind to outer realms and distant planes.
This track is part of a 7” inspired by High Wolf’s eye-opening travels in India. A Guide to Healing is currently out on Bathetic Records. You can purchase the record alongside the single ”Free Your Energy Field” from the label’s website. Strap on some headphones and dive into your liquid shrine.
“This album is for anyone who has ever been bullied.”
Dreamy psych outfit Le Chevalier may be a newcomer to the Montreal pop scene, but their style is by no means amateur. The new single “Gabriel” is a friendly and safe pop song reminiscent of playground dreams. Fans of Panda Bear and Ducktails will be instantly drawn to Le Chevalier’s ethereal rhythms and calm, innocent vocals.
According to Le Chevalier’s bandcamp, their album Dancer will be available “soon,” most likely sometime this month. Hopefully the album will maintain the soothing pop sound of this glorious little single, which you can download here for free. Headphones are recommended. You can also follow Le Chevalier on Twitter.
This chilled out, acid-washed track from Seattle’s Will Murder (a.k.a. Pill Wonder) is part of theDeadbeat Vol. 1compilation tape released by No Nothing Publishing and sold at the Underwater Peoples secret Halloween show. “Feel the Force of Love” is a more direct, laid back alternative to Pill Wonder’s more psychedelic, freewheeling Jungle/Surf 12” EPreleased last February on Underwater Peoples. While the song holds a steady, kicked back beat, it also includes a fair amount of swirling, hazy sound effects which lift the track high off the ground. It’s a love song, but it certainly doesn’t sound like one. Will Murder’s vocals are reserved, reverberated, and fuzzy enough to nestle comfortably between your ears. The song fits in a warm and cozy space, with rainbows, and maybe some funny colored smoke.