Psychic Ills can expect a busy June. Not only are they releasing their fifth album, ‘Inner Journey Out’, they’re also touring Europe.
The duo – frontman Tres Warren and bassist Elizabeth Hart – play The Lexington in London on 15 and 16 June 2016.
Preceded by the single ‘I Don’t Mind’, featuring the vocals of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, their first album in three years melds their psych-rock sound with elements of jazz, blues, country, and gospel. And, unlike previous outings where Warren played most of the instruments himself, the LP features multiple guests.
Apart from Sandoval, touring keyboard player Brent Cordero plays Farfisa and Wurlitzer throughout, while Harry Druzd of Endless Boogie, Chris Millstein, Derek James of The Entrance Band, and Charles Burst provide drums and percussion. Additional guests contribute horns, pedal steel guitar, and strings.
The album’s stylistic departures are held together by its central theme: “a detailed exploration of the interior and the exterior, and the pathway between the two” with Warren “asking questions, but never answering; seeking, but never fully concluding”.
Released a decade after Psychic Ills’ debut, ‘Dins’, ‘Inner Journey’ is out on 3 June 2016.