Of late it seems as if the world has gone a bit psych daft what with Loop touring again, festivals such Austin Psych Fest and Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia flourishing and a procession of new and old cosmic groups releasing records to great acclaim: Temples, Night Beats, The Brian Jonestown Massacre etc.. All of which would suggest that Stroll On Records' recent 4-way split 7" landed at just the right time. It boasts a couple of lovely tracks by established acts from the janglier end of the pop-psych spectrum in The See See's "The Evil Clutch of Dawn" and The Young Sinclairs' "In This Room" to reel in the Shindig readers. These are paired with blinding tracks by newer groups Triptides and Frankie and The Witch Fingers. "Shaman" by Triptides has the most arresting intro in many a light year and the shady feel and messed-with vocals of The Byrds' "Natural Harmony" while Frankie and The Witch Fingers' "Revival" is a wired blast of keyboard-enhanced psych that quickens the pulse and never lets up. There's no point playing a record like this quietly - sorry neighbours!
I got mine from Vinyl Revival on a recent visit to Manchester. The shop's well worth a visit and the chaps talk an enthusiastic and informed game on psych, Freakbeat, garage etc..