I’m talking Shpongle, Ott, Hallucinogen, Solar Fields, Androcell, Shulman, Deep Forest… Buddhist imagery, po-faced references to Gaia, paying homage to hallucinogenic drugs I’ll never take. Sitars, throat-singing, all the cultural appropriation/appreciation!
My favourite release this year so far is Holobiont by Globular
This is going to be a successful thread. Or at the very least, it will be me documenting releases I like. Bioscape’s ‘Shaping Seasons’ was a lovely slice of psydub from earlier in the year, albeit with some vintage #badcoverart
So, you take, let us assume, a third toke; long and slow. You vaporize, and you take it in, and in, and in… And there is a sound, like the crumpling of a plastic bread wrapper, or the crackling of the flames. And a tone… A tone. And…
And there is this…
There is a cheer; the gnomes have learned a new way to say ‘hooray’.
The walls, if such they be, are crawling with geometric hallucinations.
The walls, if such they be, are crawling with geometric hallucinations. Very brightly coloured, very iridescent. Deep sheens and very highly reflective surfaces. Everything is machine-like and polished and throbbing with energy. But that is not what immediately arrests my attention. What arrests my attention is the fact, that this space is inhabited.
And so, like jeweled self-dribbling basketballs, these things come running forward, and what they are doing with this visible language that they create is they are making gifts! They are making gifts for you and they will say…
If you’re the kind of person to go somewhere yourself and lose yourself in it, it could be fun. It was on Halloween and most the people were dressed up and the crowd was obviously full of big ol’ hippies on loads of drugs, so it would definitely be surreal. Would still go if you got a chance and were interested.
I know nothing of this kind of music really, so I’m going to take a shot with these and hope I’m posting the right kind of stuff. Some wonderful dream stuff, some hit an incredible groove, and all are just the ticket if you’re looking to unwind, explore something a little unusual, and/or drop some shrooms or acid. I think you will like them, but please kick me out of the thread gently if I’m wrong:
Thank you for your time. I’m sorry this wasn’t for you.
With WRT to the appropriation-y aspects, IDK, seems like those musical styles are fair game? And if the artists buy into all the Buddhist / new age (not equating these two things!!!) elements, then that seems ok? Maybe a bit #problematic if people use those cultural things as stimuli for hallucinogens? I dunno - I just love the music
I went through a bit of a Goa/Psy trance phase in the mid nineties, still have three or four compilation CDs, plus two Hallucinogen albums, Twisted and The Lone Deranger. Don’t mind the odd track now and again but I’d find it hard to sit through a whole album of this sort of stuff these days I think!