Based in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, Psychic Love Child is precisely what their name implies: the love child of the old and new school psychedelic music movements. Their first full-length album was released on April 14th, 2023, and is called Honey Business.
About Honey Business
The nine songs that make up Honey Business find Psychic Love Child blend their love of classic psych with modern influences and technology. This creates music that comes across as an authentic hybrid of their influences and is highly entertaining.
Up first is the title track, “Honey Business.” The sounds emanating from my speakers deliver music fans a connection with 1960s-era psych and the modern technology that enabled the band to obtain cleaner sounds than ever before. There’s a bit of Sgt. Peppers (The Beatles) guitar tone and even influences from The Monkees in some of the vocals. It’s worth noting that while you may hear those bands within the music, Psychic Love Child also has their own style and identity.
“I Am The Devil” begins with a slightly dark tone with a Middle Eastern vibe. I like that I could hear a psych-surf sound in certain places, making me think of the original version of The Munsters. The beauty and atmospheric qualities used are wonderful additions to the dark vibe of the intro as well.
“Bongo Boy” is the longest of the nine songs. PLC brings us in with a section that reminds me of cinematic, western-inspired desert-ssych, though it soon transitioned into a more upbeat feel that fans of King Buffalo will enjoy. A bit of surf influence keeps popping in, which is one of the main elements that drew me into the psychedelic scene. Certain sections may bring The Doors to mind for listeners, but it’s slight so that some people may overlook it.
“Crystal Visions” is an LSD trip in musical form. It has a floating, ethereal quality, creating an infectious and atmospheric journey into the ether. Prepare for mellow vibes as you listen, as the band delivers just that for the duration of this song.
My favorite song is the last one, “Nightmare Blunt Rotation.” The music is more of the excellence that Psychic Love Child has already provided us but with amusing lyrics. This seems to be about getting high on weed laced with PCP, and the nightmare that the substance would bring the user. There’s a heavy influence from The Beatles, with some of the vocals sounding similar to Ringo Starr, and it’s a fantastic closing track.
This album is as sweet as honey and should appeal to anyone who likes The Doors, King Buffalo, Giöbia, Tablets, or any number of bands in this genre. Psychic Love Child has studied their musical history, applying it to their music alongside a more modern style.
Honey Business is out now, and I urge you all to give it a listen! Enjoy!!
Support Psychic Love Child by finding them on Bandcamp, their official website, or social media (Facebook, Instagram).
This review was written by Tom Hanno, who has been writing reviews for the last 7 years but has been sharing his love of music for the majority of his life. Originally starting out at the now-defunct Chimera Magazine, he is currently contributing to Doomed and Stoned, The Sleeping Shaman, The Doom Charts, Tom’s Reviews, and The Third Eye. Read more of Tom’s reviews by checking out his Linktree.
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