VARIOUS ARTISTS: LEVO (10 Ace Bands from the Lucky Country): LP

Jan 30, 2019

This is a cool little collection of lesser-known psych bands from Australia, with a (thankfully) broad definition of psych. Some of the best work centers around a kind of Paisley Underground influence, but there are also outre post-punk sounds and German experimental references, conventional OCS-esque moments and shoegaze pop, minimalist punk, and “swamp tango” and “war with the future.” There are no low points. Wild Meadows’ “These Days” stands out to me—melancholy paisley pop that feels effortless and classic. I imagine everyone who listens might have a different favorite. It’s that kind of record. –Matt Werts (Mpls Ltd,