The War on Drugs truly creates a genre of its own, combining the electricity of psychedelia with the craftsmanship of veteran songwriters. It may be hard to fathom, but worry less about categorizing and temporarily drift away via "Lost in the Dream."
You may know Dean Wareham from his work with influential bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, but with his first solo work, the songwriter and guitarist enlisted producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket to find a easy-flowing, contemplative sound. New track "The Dancer Disappears" is about as good as psychedelic pop gets.
"Psychedelic dream pop" may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Brazilian music, and yet the duo of Lucas Moura and Felipe Augusto, aka Glue Trip, take the tropics on a strange, wonderful trip on the track "Old Blood."
Psychedelic rock is like the aurora borealis of popular music. It dazzles then disappears, flares then flickers out. The genre seems to lie latent just long enough so that each wave can astonish anew, offering new generations a conduit to another place in time.
Made up of members of Robust Worlds, Heavy Deeds, Gospel Gossip and Is/Is, Minneapolis band Web of Sunsets get as picturesque and languorous as its name on the lovely, psych-folk track "Wildflowers."
On "The Final Remedy" the Plastic Pals get back to the basics of slightly fuzzy, slightly jangly power pop with a droll vocal delivery (how else could you pull off a line like "I still got the hots for you"?) and an unassuming but winning hook.