Italian Occult Psychedelia
A new, interesting scenario is surfacing in Italian underground music: a place where records are hard to find (you almost can’t buy nothing from record shops), people wear masks (well, sometimes), vinyl spin and feelings flow during intense live sets.
This is the so-called “Italian Occult Psychedelia”, and it’s a weird Shangri-La where Sun Ra, La Monte Young, Magma, Psychic TV, Embryo, Ornette Coleman, Krautrock, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pauline Oliveros, Spacemen 3, Fela Kuti meet with middle eastern and Mediterranean vibes, mixed some of the glorious prog rock of the Italian 70s.
All the bands under this bizarre label have wide mental boundaries, spanning from Africa to Central Europe, well representing the various influences present in Italian culture, in a wider sense.
Music is hidden in a hazy shade, evocating magnetic symbols and forgotten pagan cults, while music moves in many directions, offering a different view on Italian music.
Look forward, listen forward.
Here’s a list of bands to watch out for:
link for Squadra Hydra
They say (and very loudly in capitals!) ‘SQUADRA OMEGA IS A PSYCH/AVANT/KRAUT ROCK COLLECTIVE WITH FORMER AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE MOJOMATICS, WITH LOVE AND BE MALEDETTO NOW! DEVOTED TO FREE IMPROVVISATION, PSYCHEDELIC JAMS AND MIND BLOW UPS. ——————————————————————————
SPACEAGE CUBIST – FREE – JAZZ CLASHES WITH PYGMY – PERCUSSIONS – NO WAVE – KRAUT ROCK CAUSING A SONIC FUSION LEADING TO A COMPLETE DERANGEMENT OF THE SENSES, AN ASSAULT ON THE FRONTAL LOBE AND PERMANENT HALLUCINATION. THIS IS MUSIC FROM THE THIRD EYE!’
We say ‘oozing tripped out and hypnotic drone rock..’
La Piramide di Sangue
Link for La Piramide di Sangue
we say ‘John Zorn jams with Swans. serious atmosphere and very mind bedding- love this’
we say ‘filthy guitar trips, like a meteorite cranked through high decibel wastage…’
they say ‘Two long underground jams are the best recording of the duo. The first side takes you in a hypnotic journey to the afterlife, I like to think (even if only organ and percussion) in early Amon Düül, the darkest ambient of German Oak and surrounded by accumulated strain that doesn’t end explode, as the great recording of japanese Jacks. The other side begins more meditative and at times ethereal, until the percussion of Gaspare opens the path to a ceremony of a secret brotherhood with dissonant textures and hypnotic pulse”.
we say ‘when the weird getting going the genius soundtrack their madness…’
they say ‘experimental drone, free folk, psychedelic punk…’
we say ‘we totally agree with them!’
we say ‘manic neo free jazz weirdness and genius skronk…’
Al Doum & The Faryds
we say ‘pure trips and atmospherics from band who understand the true nature of the psychedelic…’
How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck If A Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood
we say ‘clanging twanging dark melancholic guitars building to drone feedback climax- stunning…’
And these are good labels to check out also
“https://www.blacksweatrecords.com/” \n _blankBlack Sweat Records,
“https://www.boringmachines.it/” \n _blankBoring Machines,
“https://www.macinadischi.altervista.org/” \n _blankMacina Dischi,
“https://soundofcobra.tk/” \n _blankSound Of Cobra