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Baihu_2019Haven’t had a Psychedelic Sunday post for a while, but there’s something about the unstable power and energy of passing electrical storms that makes “Train of Light” from Power of the Light, Beauty of the Shadow by Baihu 白虎 a perfect soundtrack for today’s changeable weather.

Baihu 白虎 are from Beijing, China, with links to Birdstriking, involving bassist Zhou Nairen and guitarist He Fan, together with members of Carsick Cars, Gate To Otherside, Skip Skip Ben Ben, and Ricky Maymi of Brian Jonestown Massacre.

While Birdstriking are more in the shoegaze pop/ rock realm Baihu are a full Kosmiche Musik psychedelic rock experience, mixing gloriously atmospheric space rock with shoegaze guitar effects, burbling snyth, and some post-rock soundscapes for good measure.

Power of the Light, Beauty of the Shadow by Baihu 白虎 was released in May and is available on CD as well as the digital download via Bandcamp.

Michael SavageMichael Savage resides in Perth, Western Australia. It’s half a world away from NZ, but his bio includes a Dunedin link: “…expansive, emotional jangle-psych-pop – think a triangulation of The Lucksmiths, The Zombies and The Clean.”  He released his third album “Won’t Die Wondering” last year. Here’s the atypical “To Be Loved” as a Psychedelic Sunday shoegaze treat.

The album is co-produced by Ricky Maymi of Brian Jonestown Massacre, and while there’s heavy psych factor, the album is a varied collection, packed full of lush, crafted, skilful psych-pop and a few dreamy shoegaze trips like “To Be Loved” here with it’s infinite delay wash.

The opening track and “To Be Loved” are a slightly misleading introduction though. After the saturated sonic wash of these two shoegaze-psych songs the album takes on a more varied range of styles with a surplus of melodic hooks.

Overall, the album takes a Sparklehorse (or Michael Penn, if anyone who remembers him) via late period Beatles/ Badfinger/ Zombies style approach to pop-craft, even down to the levitating McCartney-esque bass-lines here and there. There’s loads of acoustic and electric 12-string, a bit of rotary-speaker effect on the vocals here and there to add colour and character to the songs.

Savage is recording a 4th album at the moment, so now’s a good time to check out his back catalogue to prepare yourself for his next release.