Best international psychedelic album from 2020.

In the beginning Pink Floyd was a psychedelic rock band, which became frontrunners for psychedelic music in the 60’s – and popularized the genre for the 70’s.

The genre became popular with groups fighting against corrupt governments and illegal warfare, as so many did at the time. Pink Floyd’s lyrics addressed the meaning of life, and how hard it was to live in a system that was not fair to the poor and middle class.

Now many years later the genre have developed into a myriad of different styles, and I have three band that made a great impact on me in 2020 in various ways. I have choose to not rank them as they different strength.

Justin John And The Shadow Of Sound: A true psychedelic experience…..

Shadow Of Sound is a musical project from Portland Musician/Songwriter OctoRok, aka–Justin John, lead guitar player of Portland’s premier Dead-tribute: GBB Justin John And The Broken Cloud is a true psychedelic experience.

This progressive-rock epic takes cues from bands such as Yes, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd. It grips you with music from both near and far, old and new, and from somewhere all-together different. From it’s opening brigade of guitars, Hammond organ, and choral vocals, to its strange–even terrifying–marriages of Psychedelic Rock, Dark Ambience, Electronic Dance Music, Bluegrass, and Robert Johnson-esq Blues… You’ll never be sure what’s coming next! …and when the end is finally at hand you’ll be lifted up into a thematic emotional high that you won’t soon forget.

This unique album tells a deep, interesting musical tale from a time yet to come, where objective experience is augmented with illusory memories supplanted into our thoughts by an almighty super-intelligence peering into our dimension of existence from a strange realm beyond… Only by recognizing one’s connection to this great mystery does one realize that the greatest mystery of all is that we are living a future that has already happened.

All songs written, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Justin John. You Were The Desert Breeze (in this soft, lonely world)”co-written with Craig Marshall. Nine Golden Crowns with Rich Landar on mandolin, Juliana Trivers on fiddle, and Harrison Olk on banjo. Cover artwork by Tomasz Jedruszek, Poland. Production assistance: Mike Johnson & Rich Landar.

Shadow Of Sound is the culmination of a lifetime of musical experimentation and adventure. It is the blossom atop the stem of a musical career spanning three decades, which gradually traversed northward along the western coast of the United States until taking root in Portland, Oregon—the heart of America’s beautiful Pacific Northwest. The Shadow Of Sound – The Broken Cloud

Listen at Bancamp.

1. Sunrise With Night (7:14) 

2. Nine Golden Crowns (3:42) 

3. You Were The Desert Breeze (in This Soft, Lonely World) (9:20) 

4. Dancin’ Blue (4:39) 

5. The Spider (6:32) 

6. Across The Web (3:28) 

7. Wish Of The Rain (7:10) 

Total Time 42:05

Justin John – everything


Rich Landar – mandolin (2)

Juliana Trivers – fiddle (2)

Harrison Olk – banjo (2)


Drew Charron – Spring Moons

There is a lot of fascination with music, but one of the exciting elements that most people probably think so much about this:! Bands or musicians who yesterday were completely unknown to us are suddenly the day after music we think is absolutely fantastic and almost cannot get enough.

Drew Charron sings and plays drums, percussion, keyboards and synthesizers on his new album Spring Moons. To sum up briefly and make an album with little music is obviously not an alternative. Charron is a generous musician and the album Spring Moons last for more than hundred and seven minutes of music. Hundred and seven minutes and forty-nine seconds of splendid psychedelic music.

1. In My Dreams There’s A Garden (8:54)

2. A Circle (7:03)

3. It’s Been A While (4:23)

4. Back When The Sunlight Was Leaking All Its Colors (7:51)

5. Cry Of The Camel (0:54)

6. Hours In The Day (6:19)

7. To The Moon And Back (5:13)

8. Always (9:05)

9. Empires Of The West (3:15)

10. Second Sight (8:28)

11. And When (7:18)

12. Wind Chaser (6:37)

13. Space (8:12)

14. Doors Closing (7:48)

15. All Day Drowning (4:06)

16. Yesterday (12:23)

Total Time 107:49

Lexington in Kentucky is a vital part of the bluegrass-region. Charron has probably heard a lot about bluegrass when he was growing up in Lexington, but fortunately chose to play creative psychedelic music.Drew Charron started his career in music playing drums at the age of 12. From 2007 to 2017 he was a founding member for the group The Past and contributed to putting out their first 3 albums. At the end of 2017, Drew decided to pursue his career as a solo artist.

Charron stated, «Album #2 is officially underway. These are snippets of all the ideas that I’ve been cataloguing, many from even before Spring Moons was finished. There’s over 50 riffs and it already stretches to about the 45 minute mark. Next comes a whole bunch of sorting, arranging, and potentially throwing things in the garbage». The attached picture shows what Charron do.

Drew Charron, music news, USA, The Past,


Giants, Dwarfs And Black Holes – Everwill

Giants, Dwarfs And Black Holes – GDaBH – was formed in December 2019 as newborn brainchild of a few experienced musicians from 2 local bands, which were constantly struggling with the line-up problems. After a few way-out and wicked jam sessions full of esoteric energy and micro- macro- and multidimensional spiritual events they decided to choose a common path.

Everwill  –  the  debut  album  of   Giants, Dwarfs And Black Holes from  Germany  brings  42  minutes  of psychedelic   rock,   where  heavy,  acid  and  stoner  riffs intertwine  with  progressive  elements,  where  doom  meets blues,   where   classic   rock   structures   transform   and confuse  with  long  improvised  jam  parts.

Track list:

1 Blood Moon

2 Frightful Pain

3 December Bloom

4 Electric Black

5 In The Circle

Everything on Enterwill  is covered  with  the  characteristic  and  strong  female  voice, which  glides,  hypnotizes  and  above  all  refines  the  multicolored  musical  picture  even  more. Giants, Dwarfs And Black Holes Holes was  formed  in December   2019   as   newborn   brainchild   of   a   few experienced  musicians.  The  band  is  a  result  of  so-called friendly  fusion  of  2  local  bands  from  Rhein-Main  region (Germany),  which  were  constantly  struggling  with  the line-up   problems. 

To   finally  solve  this  trouble  they resolve  to  choose a common  path…  And  after  a  few successful,   way-out   and   wicked   jam   sessions   full   of esoteric  energy  and  micro-  macro-  and  multidimensional spiritual  events  they  decided  to  unite  under  the  common name  Giants, Dwarfs And Black Holes. The  musical  starting  point  is  Heavy  Psychedelic  Rock  –  a musical  journey  into  the  cosmos  inside  ourselves  –  from 70’s  psychedelic  rock  through  stoner,  desert,  space,  blues, progressive,  acid,    kraut,  jazz  to    grunge  and  doom.


Om Ulf Backstrøm (4914 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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