4. “Walking in Heaven’s Foothills” by Adam Franklin
Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin has always had a thing for the stars, guitars and psychedelia. But this atmospheric head-trip, told by an astronaut witnessing “stars and galaxies they never showed us in the brochure/That’s for damn sure,” is worth its weight in LSD and Syd Barrett. Franklin’s latest solo effort, Spent Bullets, released in March, is more Earth-based. But his solo debut Bolts of Melody, and “Walking in Heaven’s Foothills,” are a spacewalk worth the launch-window wait.