Magic Castles new album “Starflower” will be released late August 2015 via Anton Newcombe’s “A” Records, in time for their very first European tour.
The album features 8 new songs, and will be pressed as limited vinyl release of 1000 copies 180g opaque lilac, but will be also available on CD and digital.
Magic Castles are a five-piece band from Minneapolis MN. Their sound has been described as droney psychedelic pop, combining the organ drenched hazy atmospherics of mid/late 60s with sun-drenched west coast folk-rock.
Magic Castles toured with Brian Jonestown Massacre in 2012 and released a beautiful 12″ split single with BJM on Record Store Day spring 2014.. Their 2014 sophomore release “Sky Sounds” (‘A’ Records) and successful west coast tours sees the rapidly improving band reaching new heights.
“Armed with an endorsement from The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, a Farfisa organ, and enough psychedelic drones to zonk out an entire cast of lava lamp–worshipping retro-delia music fans, Magic Castles tilt toward the windmills of our minds with a style reminiscent of The Massacre, Spacemen 3, and many other hardcore stoner bands. There’s a deliberately primitive approach at work, with atonal guitar leads surfing above the repetitive Velvet Underground-like rhythms and chord patterns, so listeners can enjoy the amateurish qualities without queasiness. There’s a hypnotic noise to “Death Dreams,” a gentle wandering to “Now I’m a Little Cloud,” and a monk-like holiness to the eight-minute “Ballad of the Golden Bird,” where all the group’s aspects come to the fore: drones, chants, and basement psychedelia. This Minneapolis-based quintet has self-released three out-of-print albums since 2006, and this “double album” makes a strong case for Magic Castles’ divine inspiration.” – itunes review
Aug 29 Valada (PT) – Reverence Festival
Aug 31 Leira (PT) – Bar Alfa (w/ 10 000 Russos / One Unique Signal)
Sept 01 Madrid (E) – Boite Live (w/ 10 000 Russos)
Sept 03 Paris (F) – Espace B (w/ 10 000 Russos)
Sept 04 Toulouse (FR) – Psychedelic Revolution Fest
Sept 06 Novara (IT) – Secret Show (info)
Sept 09 Avellino (IT) – Godot Art Bistrot
Sept 13 Zagreb (HR) – Klub
Sept 14 Halle (DE) – Chaise (w/ Lumerians)
Sept 16 Berlin – Bassy (w/ Lumerians)
Sept 17 Copenhagen (DK) – KB18
Sept 18 Hamburg (DE) – Molotov
Sept 20 Bristol (UK) – Mother’s Ruin
Sept 21 Brighton (UK) – Prince Albert
Sept 22 London (UK) – The Old Blue Last (w/ Dreamweapon)
Sept 23 Glasgow (UK) – Nice’n’Sleazy
Sept 24 Hull (UK) – Polar Bear (w/ Black Delta Movement)
Sept 25 / 26 Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (UK)