Planes of Satori
On Planes of Satori’s Facebook page, the Oakland-based quartet lists their joint interests as “enhancing perception, space, the future,” and they all describe their music as “pure light and energy.” At first blush, that may sound flippant, but after listening to the first two tracks off the band’s self-titled debut full-length, I’m not a hundred percent sure they weren’t being entirely serious.

Composed of drummer Chris Labreche (Parchman Farm), singer Alejandro Magana (Voices), bassist Justin Pinkerton (Golden Void), and guitarist Raze Regal (Cousin), Planes of Satori explore what they’ve dubbed “psychedelic afro kraut” – a brand of groove driven psych rock that is infused with some otherworldly beats. It’s easy to get lost in the intoxicating jams and Magana’s echoing vocals on the new album’s two lead singles “If You Must Know” and “Gnostic Boogie”, especially on the latter where Regal’s guitar soars for almost the entire six-and-a-half minutes.

Listen to both tracks below, followed by Planes of Satori’s 2014 “Son Of A Gun” b/w “Dichotomies” 7″, also released on Who Can You Trust?