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Album review: TEKE::TEKE – ‘Shirushi’: a deliciously wonky, delectably trippy psych debut

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From the press photo above, it looks like Los Angeles quartet Foxx Bodies are waiting for something important, and that’s probably the release of their forthcoming second album, which has been done since pre-pandemic times. They’ve got a little bit more waiting to do, but it’s got a title, release date and lead single in …

HOW THE hourglass casts its sand; believe it or not, and I’m struggling with this, 2021 actually marks 30 years – 30! – of releases from Portland, Oregon’s Kill Rock Stars. I ain’t countin’ no more. Special releases and fun things are promised all year from the label that began back in ’91 with releases …

RULE one: Japanese bands do brilliant, brilliant things with guitars: this is just fact. From the mind-blowing chaos of Melt-Banana to the heavy psych stylings of Acid Mothers Temple and Bo Ningen, down through the garage-rawk of Guitar Wolf and the dreamy, trippy-hippy psych of Ghost, new and deeper appreciations of how to wield and …

WE LOVE them, you know; TEKE::TEKE, the Montrealais-Japanese septet who formed initially for a one-off tribute show to Japanese king of the surf guitar Takeshi Terauchi, and who have since delighted us en route to their debut album for Kill Rock Stars with the cinematic panache of “Kala Kala”, the heavy chaos and psych propulsion of …

MONTREAL’S adopted TEKE:TEKE, the Japanese psych-prog-garage septet who are busy doing all the great things Japanese bands do to trippy guitar music, have released another little cracker ahead of their early May debut for Kill Rock Stars. It’s called “Yoru Ni” and it’s a delicious swirl of back-from-the-grave surf twang, trilling flutes, riffs, cooing vocals, …

JAPANESE psych-rock septet TEKE::TEKE, who these days call not only Montreal but Kill Rock Stars home, are pleased as punch to reveal their debut set for the label, Shirushi, will be released on May 7th. And so are we, so are we: pleased as punch, that is. The band formed in 2018, initially just for …

Tele Novella’s humble country-psych-folk sincerity is magic. They have, quite simply, a belief in the power of song. Timeless, quirky and utterly charming.

Tamar Aphek takes the power trio thing and moves it forward into new psych-blues-rock territories with elegance and so much fire. She also might just be the best new noisy guitar stylist since Joey Santiago and John Dwyer. She’s potent and has a voice of real elegance, and sonic firepower, and tunes, and the future is very, very bloody bright indeed

WITH their wholly seductive new album Merlynn Belle just around the corner now – eeep! exciting, it’ll be out on Kill Rock Stars on February 5th – Texas psych-European-retro-country duo Tele Novella have decided to lift the tasteful drapes on the record one final time and reveal “Paper Crown”. (And a very lovely long player it is …