Archive for the ‘Best Psychedelic Albums of 2011’ Category
Allow me to preface this list by noting the following: I don’t really know what “psychedelic” means. According to the OED, the word translates literally as “soul-manifesting,” which I suppose is another way of saying “mind altering,” which I suppose is another way of saying “having to do with drugs.” Regardless of the word’s exact meaning, however, it’s clear that a lot of excellent music can be properly described by it. You might think that most of this music was made in the 1960s, but, like cassette tapes and porkpie hats, psychedelia has been recently transformed from dated cultural artifact to semaphore of hipness. The records below resemble each other only on the margins, but they share in common a spirit of experimentation and adventure. And some kick-ass guitar solos. Sit back and zone out.