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Psychic Lemon
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2016
Staff Rating: Crank this to 8.9 of 11
Genre:
Psychedelic rock, Krautrock
Sounds Like:
The Heads, Causa Sui, Amon Duul II
The UK-based Psychic Lemon is made up of  four very gifted musicians who bring forth a trippy amalgamation of psychedelic rock that is fused with bits of krautrock, funk and prog rock. The album bleeds of energetic psychedelic jams with minimal vocals; they may be best described as a heavier sibling to The Grateful Dead. The flute really steals the show for us, just imagine Ian Anderson jamming with stoner rock pioneers The Heads or Casa Sui, sounds too good to pass up.

What are the highlights of the album?

The second track “Death Cult Blues” is one hell of a trippy affair. The song has it all; it jams, spaced-out vocals, a psychic flute. Just crank it up to 11 to appreciate it. “Dilator” has an odd late 60s, Syd Barret psyche rock feel, it’s quite an authentic sound. The last cut “Horizon” runs just north of 10 minutes. It’s one hell of a jam fest here; you will hear many styles of classic prog and psychedelic rock.

How is the production value?
Perfect, as there is so much going on within the layers of music, nothing gets overlooked. The bass helps ground the album, although it can be funky at times. The drums are steady and rhythmic, yet at times are played with a free-form style. The guitars are fluent and trippy, helping create a modern day psyche-prog album.  

How is the vocal performance?
Just fine, they are never overbearing or underused, they blend in well with the music.

Does the album art reflect the music?
What’s not to love about a carved wizard face in a tree? And the vivid green colors are quite striking.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Since this is diverse psychedelic rock, let’s have a pint or two of Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo. This 8.00% ABV brew with its complex flavors of dark fruit and sherry will put you in the right frame of mind for some Psychic Lemon.

What are our final thoughts about Psychic Lemon?
While there is a ton of new psychedelic rock being released on a daily basis, these guys should not be overlooked. They have great chemistry that sets them apart from others in this genre. They know how to take their influences and create something and original. - 7/28/2016

Band Members:
Andy Briston – Guitar (air, water), vocals, keyboard, loops
Andy Hibberd – Bass
George Horler – Guitar (fire, earth), vocals
Martin Law – Drums

Tracklist:
1.  TiCkToK 05:06
2.  Death Cult Blues 08:58
3.  Good Cop Bad Cop 07:31
4.  Analogue Summer 04:46
5.  Dilator 04:36
6. Horizon 10:17

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