Sound Obsession

Psychedelic Soul Special Pt. 2

120 minsFirst aired 11 Mar 2019
Artwork by Nick Taylor

Kirk Degiorgio’s monthly kool-aid acid test explores the trippy aesthetics even further. Here’s part two of his psychedelic soul special.

If only Swiss chemist Albert Hoffmann could have foreseen LSD’s influence on popular culture, when he first synthesized the compound back in 1938. By the ’60s, when scientists and psychiatrists had realized there was no real medical use for the drug, it was already circulating around thinkers, writers, and artists, with profound effects. Catching the imagination of more carefree and adventurous musicians such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Jim Morrison and others, it helped usher into the mainstream all manner of fringe philosophy, religious views, new electronic sounds and unfamiliar instruments from far-flung lands. In this episode of Sound Obsession, Kirk digs even deeper into the cross-section of soul and psychedelia, touching on Universal Jones, Andy Bey, Mystic Moods, Shuggie Otis, and many others to soundtrack your cosmic journey. No need to panic – it’s only infinity.

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