The best Psych band right now might just come from Switzerland. Here's everything you should know about Magic & Naked and their latest record Human Expression.
Is it fair to say Switzerland isn't the first country that comes to mind when you think of psychedelic music? Glad you agree. Alright, here comes the 'did you know' sequence. Did you know Switzerland gave the world LSD. Did you know it's also the home of the Rickenbacker? That's psych enough right?
And so is this. Right now there's one Swiss band making serious waves in the genre. They are called Magic & Naked and have just released their second album Human Expression. It's very strong. There's just the one problem; they're being called the "Swiss Beach Boys", but let's see if we can help them get over this.
87% of current music
Human Expression is the kind of record you tend to forget you're listening to. But it would be unfair to call it background music. From time to time you find yourself drifting, think about something else and so the album plays, alternating between slower, chilled out sounds and the more upbeat, catchy moments.
The guitar twangs sound more cool than refreshing, and though in a way you've already heard this record, elements borrowed from the 60's and the 70's, Magic & Naked try to throw their own style into the blend too, just like 87% of current music in the world. (DISCLAIMER: This is a made up number by the author of this article).
The moments that grab you really do grab you. In The Morning and We Will Loose are both very beautiful, and My Green Bird gives it best to sound like it was really made in 2017. Need more? Scroll down for the interview with the band.
Guys, is it hard to be taken seriously when you're a psych band from Switzerland?
Even though we don't really consider ourselves a psych band, Switzerland gave the world LSD and Rickenbacker guitars, psych enough right? More seriously, it's harder to be taken seriously when you're a Swiss band than an American, but at the end of the day if the music is good then no one really cares about where it comes from.
What elements of your music is taken from 60's and 70's music and what elements feels new?
The way instruments sounded in the 70's, especially drums and bass, is something that we really enjoy and naturally look for. That said, we never think things like "oh, that's not retro enough". We keep our ears and mind open to any genre and era of recorded music. Never heard a good drum sound from the 90's though.
What three things do people not know about the band yet?
One of us doesn't wear underwear in the summertime, the drummer's just bought a pet monkey and we pioneered a new way of smoking hash called "la chenille arabe" (all rights reserved).