Listening Post

Forget everything and listen to this new track from cult psych band Julie’s Haircut

The Italian band have signed to Rocket to release new album 'Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin'

Lots of artists dub themselves as “outsiders”, but you feel that Italian psych-band Julie’s Haircut, now well into their third decade, can genuinely lay claim to the title, if indeed you know them at all. There simply weren’t that many Italian bands breaking through that were influenced by the likes of My Bloody Valentine and Spaceman 3 back when they formed in mid-’90s. So when Luca Giovanardi from the band says: “We have always been outsiders,” you kinda get it.

Seven albums down, and with cult status back home secured, they’ve just announced their eighth record – the colourfully titled ‘Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin’. It’s extra significant because they’ve also signed to Rocket Recordings, the UK label behind GOAT and, most recently, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs.

Here’s the record’s lead track, ‘Gathering Light’, from the pleasingly mellow end of the psych rock spectrum, where the lyrics are whispered into your ear and the organ and bass surf into the sun together, rather than compete to batter your head in the hardest.

Close your eyes for the next five minutes and just forget about everything.

Band photo by Ilaria Magliocchetti Lombi