We have entered a psychedelic renaissance. In the past year or so, a proliferation of artists – whose only common factor in terms of classification is their ability to get far out (and to take listeners there with them) – have broken into the mainstream. Some of the most recognizable of these acts are Animal Collective, MGMT, and Yeasayer. This kind of music is not instructional, but encourages listeners to explore independently using its surreal, enveloping, and disorienting textures as a blurry, pulsating map. NOMO, an eight-piece Michigan ensemble, under-classified as Afrobeat, is an exciting example of the journey-inducing capabilities inherent in this neo-psychedelica; a genre that, unlike its aged parent, is no longer confined to electric guitar noodling. Not that there is anything wrong with electric guitar noodling.
So, it’s no surprise that I’ve been of an abstract and mellow mind lately. Listening to a lot of jazz and electronica. My catalogue is a bit weak in those departments, so I’ve been relying on some good internet radio and streams to get my desired dosage. I will try to recreate the state of musical affairs entailed above in the compilation below. And just try to provide an enjoyable listening experience in general.
As always, listen from the beginning for best results.
1) Hot Chip - the Warning
2) the National - Murder Me Rachel
3) Neil Young - the Loner
4) Sam Roberts - Them Kids
5) Animal Collective - My Girls
6) NOMO - Three Shades
7) Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Hanuman
8) Dawn Landes - Bodyguard
9) Shemekia Copeland - Never Going Back to Memphis
10) Wilco - Impossible Germany
11) MGMT - Kids
12) Kid Cudi - Day N Nite (Crookers Remix)
13) N.A.S.A. (ft. David Byrne and Chuck D) - Money
14) Hot Chip - Shake a Fist
15) Neil Young - For the Turnstiles
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