Psych

04.03: LA newcomer Moon Darling to self-release new record "In The Wildwood"

These are uncertain times, and when one has little else to do but stare at their four walls and hope for a better tomorrow, there needs to be some ethereal jams to cut through the thick silence. Fortunately, Moon Darling have come to Los Angeles by way of Seattle with their new record In The Wildwood, which drops on April 3rd.. Dreamy and angular, the songs feature the soaring vocals and guitar mastery of Michael Julian Escobar, who channels Led Zeppelin and Ozzy. The track "Which Way To Go" -- a reworked song from years past -- presents what In The Wildwood has to offer; driving psych rock with hints of disco and rock 'n roll. You'll sway, you'll dance, but overall, while listening to In The Wildwood, you sure won't be bored. Take a listen to "Which Way To Go" now. - Will Sisskind

Cap'n Marble whisks you away in new record "Come 2 California"

For the bad news, some good music is in order. Cap’n Marble’s new record Come 2 California is an easy-listening psych-pop experience lightly sprayed with surf rock for an exquisite mixture of sounds. The opening title track whisks you away to your place of comfort; the music is a little hot and humid with its lingering harmonies and semi-spooky synths that contrast sparkly acoustic guitar embellishments. “In Too Deep” boasts an irresistible bassline, for your most exciting fantasies while “When the Sun” has a rhythm that is sultry and vocals like a cool breeze you can feel brush over your senses. We dare say that “Evermore” has an alluring, start-of-evening feel to it that fits as a finale to an album tailored for your worst and best days. Stream the title track from this Boston duo below for a hint of clarity from the confusion that saturates the air. - Rene Cobar

Scott Geraci debuts transportive record "Wander"

We all need to disconnect a bit these days, and with some extra time on our hands, we can do just that. Manchester, NH resident, and prolific guitarist, Scott Geraci offers us just that in his latest record, Wander. The nearly 100-minute album is a sonic spiral staircase that one can ascend or descend in solitude or fellowship, each track glistening with worldly acoustic guitar compositions. The influences range from Spanish in ”Solitary” to tribal in “Sun Lover,” and each is brilliantly layered so that the experience is satisfyingly transportive. Geraci is timely in his delivery of a record that demands you nix crude noise and surrender to something far more sophisticated. Stream the peaceful track “Abundance” below for your racing thoughts. - Rene Cobar

California Widow

California Widow recently rereleased several tracks from their self-titled debut EP. The most recent is called "Howl" which was originally released three years, and is centered around a couple named Ike & Jean. Jean was diagnosed with ALS and past away only to be followed shortly thereafter by Ike.

This is the somber Desert Rock of Darja Vaarsi (vocalist/lyricist/songwriter/producer) and Brendan Blewett (vocalist/guitarist/producer).

03.13: Mild Minds releases melancholic debut album "MOOD"

Maybe, given the recent goings on in the world, you've had a rough go of it, and just need some time to disassociate. If you need to freshen up your Music To Zone Out To playlist, give Mild Minds' MOOD a try. Run by Benjamin David, Mild Minds has the trip hop sounds to which fans of Caribou and Four Tet will find themselves dancing. MOOD, Mild Minds' debut album, has tracks such as "Movements" and "Walls" which layer catchy drum grooves and soft pulsing synths over droning bass. The effect will keep you moving to the beat as you remove yourself from whatever stressful medical, financial, or mental situation threatening you at the moment. MOOD drops on March 13th; take a look at the music video for "Walls" below. - Will Sisskind

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