I know this post is a little late, but in honor of 4/20, NVMP presents our favorite Trippy Songs to space out to. Everyone has an artist or song or album they like to have as background music when they’re zoning out. We hope you enjoy the ones our editors came up with!
TNT’s Top 5:
5. “Scarlet Begonias” by Sublime – Yes, of course I know this is a cover, but I love the parts they added. “we sold some mushroom tea we sold some ecstasy, we sold nitrous, opium, acid, heroin, and PCP”
4. “Us and Them” by Pink Floyd – I think it’s the echo of the voices that mess with my head. Love it.
3. “Estimated Prophet” by The Grateful Dead – Maybe I’m always in an altered state when I’m listening to this song, but it’s sooo chill. Not chill-wave, just chill.
2. “Legalize It” by Peter Tosh – “Legalize it and I will advertise it”
1. “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” by Bob Dylan – EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED!
Honorable Mentions: “I Am the Walrus” by The Beatles and “Echoes” by Pink Floyd
Klone’s Top 5:
5. “Halcyon + On + On” by Orbital
4. “Mandel Groove” by Blue Man Group
3. “Marijuana In Your Brain” by Lords of Acid
2. “3 Kilos” by Prodigy
1. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda” by Iron Butterfly
Dan’s Top 5:
Note: It was hard to select specific songs from some of these artists because my musical choice depends largely upon the mood I’m in when I turn on these trippy tracks. For a few of my selections I’ve listed an entire album because the whole album is great, especially The Asteroids Galaxy Tour. And I have a bunch of Honorable Mentions.
5. “Kelly Watch the Stars (Radio Edit)” by AIR
4. Klaxons’s album Myths of the Near Future
3. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton’s album Knives Don’t Have Your Back
2. “Good Morning” by The Dandy Warhols
1. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s album Fruit
Honorable Mentions: “Bad Romance” by Lady GaGa, “Sunday” and “Blue Light” by Bloc Party, “She’s A Tiger” by Lola Ray, “Don’t Blame Your Daughter [Diamonds] by The Cardigans, “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve
Mark’s Top 5:
5. “I Was a Lover” by TV on the Radio – Sampled horns over a slightly slurred, chest popping, swinging hip-hop beat always help lead me down the rabbit hole just trying to conjure up the images that this song is meant to inspire from it’s bizarre lyrical delivery. The vocal fluctuations between falsetto and mid-toned singing don’t help, they merely warp the beaten path further.
4. “A Forest” by The Cure – Robert Smith always managed to convince me that I was walking through a Tim Burton-esque forest when listening to this tune, and creepy and surreal journey where nothing is truly real, and the only thing to be experienced is a swirl of unanswered questions and pained thoughts, but that’s not to say that it’s all bad. Truly the calling card of The Cure.
3. “Rise” by The Doves – If a relaxing homegrown feel is what you desire for your mind-excursions, then leave it to the Doves to carry you away on the sweet “rising” notes of this gem, as its distorted vocals and acid twangy guitars ride the pulsing organs on a wave of soul spanning sound.
2. “Flaming June” by Bt – I have referenced the “earthly” life form known as Bt for numerous top 5’s, and for good reason. He is the king of the cosmic swirling sounds that can carry you off into another realm of existence, a place where math and science are the languages of the world, and each formula created leads to a perfect harmony of musical notations and sonic sensations. And you will find some of this beauty withing Flaming June, with its piano led dissonance leading the forces of nature and sound in a peaceful voyage of your eardrums. It has to be experienced to be truly understood
1. “Feel High (Humate Mix) by Resistance D – The ULTIMATE trippy song.Thanks to this journey, I have reached the pinnacle of freedom, and allowed myself to become fully absorbed by the ghostly synths that permeate throughout this song. I have also convinced myself that I was flying, or that I was in some sort of a soothing free fall while reaching the crescendo of this tune, which is a conscious state altering leap from the edge of a waveform cliff. And I have reached these results whether I was experiencing assisted euphoria or not. (You can find this mind trip on the Global Underground release: GU013: Sasha, Ibiza)