So I was on YouTube watching Eric Wareheim’s Beach House video and saw a comment that gave me pause. With the video’s horse-head masks, Ray Wise lip-syncing, and retro-futurized jai alai players, commenter Boxboymike was prompted to write: “I’ve never taken any recreational drugs so I feel a little left out watching this.” This reminded me of all the times I’ve heard sketch comedy performers and writers recount how many times people have suggested they were high when they were creating.
While I can’t speak for Wareheim, this mix was made without drugs, and the woozy music compiled herein is meant to be inclusive. Disorientation, like absurdity, is a prevalent aspect of life, whether you’re recreationally high or not. These are songs that disorient and lull in equal measure. They aren’t necessarily druggy, but they are intoxicating. They call to cool breezy autumn nights and lovesickness and the euphoria of being overwhelmed and somehow riding that out to a strange, destroyed sort of placidity. In other words, Boxboymike, stop feeling left out and hop on that Tilt-a-Whirl already. Drugs are expensive and detrimental to your health anyway.
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[00:00] Pan*American - “The Cloud Room”
[04:10] Soft Location - “Tempted”
[07:00] J Mascis - “Fade Into You”
[11:18] Implodes - “Scattered In The Wind”
[16:31] Colleen - “Breaking Up the Earth”
[20:09] Merchandise - “Anxiety’s Door”
[26:43] suā - “Welcome”
[31:33] Medicine - “It’s Not Enough”
[34:51] Diamond Terrifier - “The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow” [excerpt]