What does psych rock mean? What are psychedelic sounds and how are those sounds made? Perhaps we all can get some insight into these questions as we explore artists past and present. Psychedelic is a term coined in the 1940’s which means “mind manifesting”, in other words, making the mind visible. 

In the early days of psychedelic music, drugs, yoga, meditation, and lifestyle all played an important role in the music. However, in contemporary times the history of rock and electronic music is so vast that one can tune-in to the music itself to understand the aesthetic and creatively drive of the psychedelic movement. 

The artists explored here are all traversing lightly charted territory that they can claim as their own. For many fame and stadium tours are not a goal they strive for, although, I would not be surprised if it happened.

Ratings (full transparency):
The ratings don’t really mean anything. I have no graphs or charts to quantify a truly scientific rating system, instead I simply decide based on how likely it is to inspire my own song writing and how often I will listen to it.
I use to not rate the music at all but ratings get people’s attention. Perhaps I should make more categories and I can get some debates going on the blog!
I also find that set and setting plays a big role in my interpretation of albums. Often a review is written after 3 listens or so and that is often not enough time to fully appreciate most music. There have been many albums which I would rate much higher after its had a chance to grow on me.
As a musician I am unable to say anything negative about the music. Knowing the time and effort it takes to put out an album especially as a unknown, self-released and self-funded effort is HARD WORK and I give respect to those couragous enough to pursue music.


Article by: Temple Rose

I write about music, music gear, art, science, psychology, yoga and holistic health. See my other blogs at http://thepsychrock.com, https://psychgear.wordpress.com, https://transpersonalspirit.wordpress.com. I am a contributor to Sic Magazine (http://www.sicmagazine.net) and gigsoupmusic.com.