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Wildwood Morning Utopian Psych Folk From Berlin

Wildwood Morning is psych-folk-rock from Berlin, Germany. The songs have keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, reverb vocals, and steady percussion. They fall neatly into the psychedelic hippie folk rock tradition with 60s folk rock sounds that are direct from the summer of love.

Wildwood Morning gets into some wild rocking moments that bring together world instruments, drone, folk and psychedelic experimentation. The songs are playful, charming and uplifting. The album is upbeat with natural imagery and cheerful sentiment. The songs are like memories of sunny days and glowing sunlit forests with magical creatures happily dancing. “Song For My Daughter” is inspired by The Incredible String Band’s fanatical lyrical themes and joyous playfulness with flutes and themes of fairies and friendship.

The album is focused on the 60s and 70s idealism and communalism. The music has imagery of a distant past with natural landscapes and groups of colorful hippies building a utopian community. The sound is refreshing and soothing when compared to the harsh realities of the pandemic of 2020 and 2021.

Wildwood Morning was released on November 15th 2020 by Dynamite Platten Records on limited edition of 300 on “brown marbled” vinyl which in-person looks like smoke suspended in clear vinyl. Make sure to support the band and visit their Bandcamp page for downloads.

Wildwood Morning‘s Earthy music is dreamy and spacious. The lyrical themes are intimate and existential. The vocals have a world feel and are sung in English, Italian and Deutsch. There are tracks that are tied to the traditional Germanic folk music as well as contemporary rock influences.

Wildwood Morning is led by Henning Wienecke and L. Lazzarin; Wildwood Morning is their first album. The songs are home recorded and feature South Asia drone instruments like the shruti box and folk instruments like mandolin, guitar, bass, flute, viola, keys the accordion. The album was recorded at home before and during Covid-19. It is an international collaboration with contributions from artists in Italy and Germany. The influences of the two nation are heard in the language used in lyrics and the selection of instruments in the arrangements.

Wildwood Morning will appeal to fans of Fit and Limo, Urtidsdjur, Mark Fry, Incredible String Band, Melody Fields and classic folk rock from the 70s, 90s and today.

The artwork and the music are a cohesive statement enhancing the theme of the album. The cover art is in the classic San Francisco psychedelic poster art style. The image of the band members is color filtered and the text is done in the classic psychedelic bubble lettering. The package has Art Nouveau flair and the clothing is vintage 1960s.

Wildwood Morning is an excellent folk rock album with psychedelic influences. The first single is ‘Fermati Tempo‘ and has a music video that can be seen below. The video shows off their back to the Earth aesthetic with flower dresses and overalls in mountains, fields and tool sheds. There is a bit of a hippie good vibes sound on the album.

I am a part of the emerging psychedelic musical revolution and the wizard behind the curtain at I am lucky enough to be in contact with performers and labels around the world and discuss music that is weird, transcendent, creative and psychedelic. It’s no surprise that I live in San Francisco, California where the psychedelic revolution was born. I am a multi-instrumentalist musician, songwriter, digital and visual artist in the bands Temple Rose and Black Satori. I have written about music for the, GigSoup Music, Sic Magazine and professional corporate copy writing. Discovering new music from artists large and small gives me a special thrill and I feel compelled to share the excitement. My journey began when I started attending coffeehouse concerts at 14 years old, seeing acoustic and hardcore metal bands. I soon started making music of my own. A pivotal moment was when I picked up my first record player and started collecting vinyl records from the 1960s and early 1970s in acid folk, garage rock, psychedelic and krautrock genres. The Thirteenth Floor Elevators, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Black Sabbath laid a firm foundation. Then I discovered CAN, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, and Pink Floyd which blew convention out of the water and my musical horizon extended into the experimental and abstract. Today there are thousands of bands which have taken the legacy of psychedelic music and created something new. I seek out these bands and performers, spreading their latest revelations to the world. Some of my favorite contemporary artists are The Black Angels, Oh Sees, Woods, Acid Mothers Temple, Kikagaku Moyo and L.A. Witch.