December 6, 2008
Of course, I am in no way capable of funding an actual trip of this caliber, so instead I’ve created a podcast that kind of makes you feel tropical! Put on your bathing suit and curl up under the covers of your bed, it’s time for a deep vacation.
- A Patricia by Los Destellos: During the 60’s the world went through a revolution. From California to Japan a shock ran through society as the hippie counter-culture famously became a solid part of popular culture. During this time hippies sought places where they could find peace, isolation, and beauty. Peru fit the bill very nicely, and their culture was absorbed and spit out as something a bit more psychedelic. “A Patricia”, a song created in this era, was a product of the hippie movement in Peru. By combining traditional cumbias with the psychedelic mindset of the ’60’s a new, and at that time mind-blowing, sound was created.
- Ibadan by Ebenezer Obey: Known as the “Cheif Commander” of Nigerian Pop Music, Ebenezer Obey was an influential musician in his home country. By mixing Caribbean type instrumentation with African beats he creates joyous songs which can be heard oozing out of Nigerian dance clubs on clear nights.
- Beach Point Pleasant by Ducktails: Flash to the present! Ducktails are bringing back the tropics. As a repetitive organ sprays sun over a warm beach, heavily reverbed guitars drip with blue water. Just lay back and take it all in.
- Horse Steppin by Sun Araw: Greeted with waves, bass, and a lazy drum beat, “Horse Steppin” represents beach sunsets all over the world. As the bass / drum line repeats throughout the entire 10+ minute song, sleepy guitars sweep in and out as if a sun bleeding orange light.
- Intro Goth by Wavves: Used as the album opener on the self-titled record from beach punk specialist Wavves, this song fills the ears with bubbly guitars. Like jumping from the hot air into the complete silence and green tinge of the ocean, “Intro Goth” is immersing and blissful.
- Scones and Bull by Eric Copeland: Like in most of Eric Copland’s or Black Dice‘s songs, “Scones and Bull” creates an aural world. For about a minute and a half Eric Copeland gives you access to this planet of pitch shifted loops and foolery, but just as quickly he pulls you out.
- Let it Out by Skeletons: This song is deceivingly complex. Although its structure seems simple, there are countless sounds to pick out; quick strike of the organs, ascending strings, and silent guitar plucking make this song great.
- Robber’s Knot by Him: By mixing genres like afro-beat, math rock, and indie, Him (no, not the metal band) has created something beautiful. With all didgeridoo buzzes and beautiful singing I am forced to ask how one can not like this.
P.S. – I’ve added a Podcast section to house the new podcasts.