April was a good month for strange rock music. Sheffield-based Vultures came out of nowhere with a killer debut track called 'Medussa', and Roky Erikson (despite the best efforts of the crooks at ATP) played live some of the most formative psych music of all time. As well as that, April saw the release of four genuinely stunning records. From Krautrock-cribbed phone recordings to relentless psych rock rackets, here's the April edition of Psych Out:


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

It's a credit to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard that anybody cares about the arrival of a new record of theirs. Having caught the attention of Heavenly Records a couple of years ago, 'Giz have been relentlessly unleashing their endless supply of wild psychedelic garage jams to tinnitus-struck ears across the UK with little remorse. On this, their fourth record in two years, they're at their storming best. Where Quarters was studious and intelligent, Nonagon Infinity is batshit crazy and utterly riotous. It's a record more akin to their live show than anything they've put to tape in the past; loaded with garage rock rhythms, freakbeat foundations and oddball freakouts in every corner.


Beach Skulls - Slow Grind

Stockholm label PNKSLM's alumni was already pretty rich: Magic Potion, The Foetals, ShitKid and Thee MVPS have all released music with them, and are all firmly at the top of the current crop of lo-fi bands circulating in underground press. Beach Skulls' Slow Grind is one of their hazier releases. The garage pop dynamic that the label deals in so well are omnipresent, but the Liverpool band expertly craft extroverted summer pop hits, 'Sante Fe' cribs Transformer-era Lou Reed production and offers gorgeous sun-kissed melodies aplenty. It's a pleasant reminder that not all sunny indie records are doused in insufferable aesthetics.


CFM - Still Life of Citrus and Slime

With Ty Segall trotting around the globe with his insane new record, and Chad Ubovich back to the day job of fronting no-nonsense garage rockers Meatbodies, Fuzz's third party Charles Moothart needed to find a way to keep himself busy. He did so by writing and recording his debut solo album, Still Life of Citrus and Slime, released under the alias 'CFM'. It deals in an off-kilter brand of heavy psych that takes the storming blueprint that he laid with Fuzz and develops all areas a little further. There's some sort of semi-identifiable lyrical narrative, each riff takes more time to find itself, and less production is lost in a melting pot of deafening drums and wah-frenzied guitars. The knock-you-sick warped psych drop of 'Street Car History' is a moment of sheer oddball beauty. "The truth is hard to swallow" Moothart croons, but you'd be quite happy to merely exist in his world of shamanic guitar noise and Spacemen 3-esque madness.


mayan helicopters - memos in mayan helicopters

Pretty much the apex of lo-fi, this is essentially a practice session recorded on a phone, but my god there's some great psych rock here. 'doktor peepers' saws with a motorik beat pinned beneath some gorgeous, industrial guitar noise. 'believe what I say' brutally solders a harsh noise underbelly with the kind of unhinged vocal delivery you'd associate with Nick Cave at his terrifying best. It's frustrating to see the supposed 'psych scene' become increasingly cluttered with reverb-tinged indie bands of the Blossoms ilk, thank god there's still bands like mayan helicopters making utterly unpleasant but endearing noise such as this.