– the SUB-SYLVIAN LITANIES –
KALYANI / YOU CAN’T EVER COME DOWN / MOONSONG: PELOG
JOE BYRD and the FIELD HIPPIES
October 1969 – 10:30
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Well, Psychedelic Trippers, here’s a fun one, especially with headphones on OR just nice and loud. Break out the timecapsuled Blotter Acid and take a ten minute acid trip at your favorite portal.
But, before you do we need to stop and take a quick look at the word “psychedelic”; from the Greek psyche (mind) and dēlōsē/delia (manifest); a mind manifest which can be hallucinations of any kind OR a true mind manifestation of an object or concept, which is of course per the individual’s perspective.
Psychedelic music was born from artists who experienced the effects of mind (psyche) altering and consciousness expanding drugs and used those experiences to express (manifest) their feelings in their art. Since many shared the ultra vivid, brightly colored detailed visions and the fantasy distortion and crystalline aspects of sound; those elements became part of expressions in clothing/fashion, art, music, writing and attitude.
Psychedelic music in its pure state, has no axe to grind, it’s apolitical. Mainly because when you’re high on acid the last thing on your mind is reality, you are experiencing a fantastic world outside of your head and inside as well – both worlds you never knew existed that were there all the time – and still are – and psychedelic music expresses the many and varied feelings and sensations that are part of that trip.
A major factor that makes a psychedelic song a classic was the time in history that Psychedelia became a cultural force – and here is where a zeitgeist of feeling really matters. Since no one had a handle on what was “psychedelic”, (because much if not most was personal) the simple symbols of things like flowers, butterflies, rainbows, mandalas, paisleys and even the Peace sign were used to represent and reflect the fun, colorful, free, psychedelic experience.
Our minds were so open that perched on the verge of mind-manifesting on a daily basis meant that your world now had no limits. Your imagination was free to think and feel and do whatever it wanted. When you have a massive amount of people feeling the same way, the “psychedelic” floodgates opened and produced amazing visual art as well as the music on this list.
With all of that in mind, the architect of this perfect slice of ’60s Psychedelia, Joe Byrd, left after creating the band, “The United States of America” and created the album “The American Metaphysical Circus” with a group of top west coast session musicians he dubbed “the Field Hippies”.
The album has a sardonic and satiric sense of humor in its music and lyrics – but with the Sub-Sylvian Litanies only someone who has experienced and embraced LSD or any fine psychotropics, could have produced such a loving “trip” as this:
KALYANI: Birth and rebirth with a strong dose of metaphysical metamorphosis and some truly amazing and ground-breaking “too real” effects. You can literally hear your consciousness expanding.
YOU CAN’T EVER COME DOWN: The female vocals capture the essence of that which borders reality and fantasy and is so coolly representative of the free-form spirit of the Psychedelic ‘60s that it’s eerie – and it Rocks!
MOONSONG: PELOG: A very “pre-David Lynch/Julie Cruise/Angelo Badalamenti/Twin Peaks” hauntingly twisted psychedelic ending to a sonic trilogy of just about every element that makes up a classic psychedelic song.
This ten minute trilogy song, the Sub-Sylvian Litanies, is so Lysergic that it has the ability to create a music video in your head!
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