Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia
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Based on 9 reviews
2015 Ratings: #458 / 742
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Based on 24 ratings
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Hypnophobia, the second album from Dutch psych-wizard Jacco Gardner, is a pop-driven psychedelic journey through the thoughts and dreams of a very talented and complex musician.

The 405

Although his songs seem to keep the magical aura that crowns Cabinet of Curiosities, they are more intricate this time - possessing an infinite number of layers.

Under The Radar
If Gardner's studio ingenuity tends to outshine his songs, the record's sonic puzzles are beguiling enough to signal a clear step forward for one of neo-psych's more promising new disciples.

Hypnophobia feels like a natural follow-up to Cabinet, with Gardner not looking to do much of anything new. Why would he when there is still so much of the '60s to be revisited? And why change when he does such an admirable job of revisiting it?

Loud and Quiet
His second record, ‘Hypnophobia’, faithfully recreates Paisley Underground style psychedelia sprinkled with a quintessentially Middle England sound, as if Opal and Syd Barrett had somehow collaborated at Eel Pie studios.
Consequence of Sound

Hypnophobia is a pleasant listen, but it passes by as quickly as a warm breeze on a spring afternoon.

Sep 17, 2015
Jacco Gardner comes out with some of the prettiest and hypnotic psychedelic releases of the year. The instrumentals on this album are gorgeous, but I can't say the same about the regular tracks. Jacco's vocals still sound pretty bland and are your typical Beatles worship. The songwriting is pretty standard and uneventful as well. This is the kind of stuff that's perfect as background music.

Favourite tracks: Grey Lanes, Brightly, Before the Dawn

Added on: February 18, 2015