RIYL: Saintseneca, My Morning Jacket, Tapes 'n Tapes

Label: ANTI-

Way back in 2001, Phrases from the Psychedelic Swamp delivered a mysterious tape to Scott McMicken & Toby Leaman with the task to relay his transmission through their music. 15 years later, they’re finally fulfilling the mission.

Dr. Dog fanatics may be familiar with one of their earliest unofficial releases, also known as The Psychedelic Swamp, that surfaced on reddit a little while back. It’s a charming collection of lo-fi tape experiments, noise, & some inklings of structured songs—also a very cool cover the Beach Boys’ of “Heroes and Villains”—recorded in a flooded basement. Fans (well, me, but I’m assuming other fans too) wondered if these songs would ever get an official release or rework. After all, “Swamp Livin’” made it onto their proper debut, Toothbrush, but we’d accepted that was the extent of it. That is until last year when Dr. Dog started releasing mysterious messages leading up to a set of “Swamp Is On” performances in Philly.

Admittedly, I wasn’t crazy about the band’s last few albums. Still pretty good tunes, and still incredible shows, but to hear some of these lo-fi swamp tunes I obsessed over, like “Golden Hind” and “Engineer Says,” fully matured into polished pop numbers brings a new level of excitement. Preview stream the whole transmission via NPR.

The Details

Album Release Date 2/5/16

All pre orders enter customer into a chance to win 2 tickets to an upcoming show in their city!

All pre orders will include 2 grat tracks:

Instant Grat: Badvertise
Second Grat delivered on 1/6/16: Bring My Baby Back

1. Golden Hind
2. Dead Record Player
3. Swampadelic Pop
4. Bring My Baby Back
5. Holes In My Back
6. Fires On My Back
7. Swamp Descent
8. Engineer Says
9. In Love
10. Badvertise
11. Good Grief
12. Swamp Is On

Price $21.98

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