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Old 07-08-2012, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I decided to start a journal. The journal is going to focus on psychedelic music, and its branch genres and all the great music that falls into it.



The first ever psych music I properly followed was MGMT, back in 2008 when I was 18. I heard " Time to Pretend " and " Electric Feel " on tv a few times, and eventually decided that I liked them enough to buy the album. When I bought the album I found that all the songs that were not released as singles were the ones I was most drawn to, the most psychedelic ones.


The Handshake - MGMT - Album - YouTube


4th Dimensional Transition - MGMT - Album - YouTube


I followed MGMT up to the release of their second album "Congratulations" which blew me away. It was far more experimental and progressive, I heard Bowie and the Beatles and Pink Floyd, and every song was like stepping into another dimension with its own strange atmosphere.


MGMT - someone's missing- Kongratulations [VIDEO] - YouTube

MGMT - Siberian Breaks - YouTube



Anyways, one day I heard that these guys were on tour in America and they were being supported by a band called "Tame Impala". This was when my life literally changed from the music I had heard. It was in the light orange earliness of 2010's hazey and sunny summer.

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Old 07-08-2012, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I started listening to Tame Impala in the summer of 2010. I think the first song I heard was this.



Tame Impala - Wander - YouTube


And after that I pretty much downloaded every song that I could find. I will never forget being in a car driving up through Donegal up to the Rory Gallagher festival on a sunny day listening to every one of their songs over and over again with scenery like this flying past the open windows of the car with fresh wind blowing onto my face. I felt like I had smoked 50 blunts.


Tame Impala - Alter Ego - YouTube

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Their music opened up something in me that I had never experienced before, it was my first ever musical/ personal revelation, if you will. Their music was relaxed, spacey and hit me in my chest.(thats the best way I can describe it) It seems pretty appropriate that their debut album was called "Innerspeaker". I started drawing and painting for the first time in my life to express what the music was doing for me.




Some songs had an eerie John Lennon feeling to them.


Tame Impala - It Is Not Meant To Be - YouTube

While others felt more heavy and like old school 70's psych rock.


Tame Impala - The Bold Arrow Of Time - YouTube




Tame Impala - Why Wont You Make Up Your Mind - YouTube

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Old 07-08-2012, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Damn, I keep forgetting how great of an album Innerspeaker was. I think I'm gonna go listen to it right now.
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Tame Impala literally released this yyesterday. Holy ****, this album is gonna make my summer.





Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams - YouTube

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Eager to see how this journal turns out. I know it'll be a good one . I'll listen to the songs I haven't heard when I finally get my laptop fixed.
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I LOVE psychedelic music. Something about it has always struck a chord with me ever since I listened to Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. The experimental sound in psychedelic music is far more interesting than anything else really.
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So now we are going to go back in time.
When I was discovering this kind of music over the summer of 2010, I decided to look back to the Beatles(ONE of the pioneers of psychedelia).




John Lennon had this rare talent for ****ing being a legend. haha! Anyone who says they don't like psychedelic music, are either lying or haven't heard this song. We forget how good the Beatles actually were because we are constantly reminded, but ****... I can honestly say that if I had heard this stuff for the first time as contemporary music out of the blue, I would be BLOWWWWN AWAAAy. It is simply monumental.





Within You Without You The Beatles - YouTube




The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever (2009 Stereo Remaster) - YouTube



I can say without any shadow of a doubt, this music changed my life. Not in an instantaneous way, I had always been aware of it growing up, but when I really started listening to it....I was like....Woah... It just really spoke to me out of nowhere when I was about 19/ 20. I understand what George Harrison was telling me in "Within You Without You" and what John Lennon was telling me in "Tomorrow Never Knows". It wasn't a superficial appreciation to listen to these songs for the sake of it, I actually understood what they were saying to me.












The Beatles Rain (2009 Stereo Remaster) (Original Promotional Video) - YouTube






The Beatles - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - YouTube




The Beatles- A Day in the Life - YouTube




The Beatles - Love You To - YouTube





Anyone who says they do not like psychedelic music, is either lying, or hasn't heard this song.



THE BEATLES-Tomorrow never knows(alternate version) - YouTube
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I recommend this if you haven't already heard it. A great intro to some great music:

Then head down into South America for this:
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I recommend this if you haven't already heard it. A great intro to some great music:

Then head down into South America for this:
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So then I started listening to Pink Floyd, well Std Barrett's Pink Floyd. I kind of identified with Syd Barrett for some reason and started listening to Pink Floyd's music with him a lot.

One thing that attracted me to this sound was how chaotic and mad it was( Syd went a bit mad towards the end of his career, before he left Pink Floyd. ) This was my favourite period for Pink Floyd, there is really something magic about this sound that I can't describe properly. Maybe there is a nostalgic aspect to this for me but I can say that I never heard anything like this before I had heard it, and still haven't afterwards (to state the obvious :P). This is definitely music I will still be listening to when I am in my forties and beyond.







Pink Floyd








Pink Floyd - Interstellar overdrive - HD - YouTube



Pink Floyd - 05 - Pow R. Toc H. - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967) - YouTube







Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam - YouTube










Syd Barrett - Effervescing Elephant - YouTube




Pink Floyd-Cymbaline - YouTube
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