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Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel: Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious Album Review

By Kevin Baxter
Music Journalist

Artist: Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel
Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious
Released Date:
October 23rd, 2019

Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel is a four-piece psychedelic rock group hailing from Los Angeles, California. Releasing their first album in 2013, this group was able to combine the raw sound of modern garage rock with catchy melodies reminiscent of ‘60s psych pop.

They now have two albums available to listen to on Bandcamp with only their first one being on Spotify, which will be the focus of this article.

The album starts with the song “Nico” which leads seamlessly into “& Her Psychedelic Subconscious”, creating the title of the album “Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious”. The opening tracks to the album sound almost like if Syd Barrett, the genius yet troubled founding member of Pink Floyd, decided to make psychedelic carnival music with a highly overdriven organ.

Taking a turn during the transition into the instrumental “& Her Psychedelic Subconscious”, the tempo raises and the music starts to sound more “upbeat”. These two opening songs of the album create a perfect introduction for the sounds to come.

The next honorable mention on the album would have to be “Mermaid Song”. Played in a swing style, the song brings back feelings reminiscent of some early Sticky Fingers songs. The song also being sung as a story makes me feel like I’m sitting in a smokey speakeasy listening to the final act of the night.

The final song I would highly recommend is “Velvet Night”; which is my personal favorite on the album. For me, this song seems to bring out similar emotions to the song “Golden Throne” by Temples, another great modern ‘60s psych-sounding group.

The melody of the song gives a dark and mysterious inflection while displaying the similarity between this band and its predecessors from the sixties.

The album “Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious” by Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel is able to create a modern take on the ‘60s pychedelic music created by bands such as The Doors, Love, or Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd.

Mr Elevator and the Brain Hotel is able to channel this old sound while also adding new ideas from modern psych and garage rock to create their own unique sound. I would recommend this album to anyone that is interested in melodic psychedelic music, especially if one’s a fan of ‘60s rock. Hopefully more will come from this band soon.

Featured image courtesy of Nico & Her Psychedelic Subconscious album cover.

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