Music for 11/21/21!!! Jon Hopkins

@@@ Jon Hopkins: Music for Psychedelic Therapy (Domino, 2021) I got to this record via the PItchfork 10 most reviewed albums of the week. I’ve checked out Hopkins and have always thought he could drop a big fat one I would like but he has New Age tendencies that I don’t love. I don’t like New Age sounds, it’s like having somebody blow air up my skirty and I’m not wearing undergarments. There is such a thing as too much comfort. The fifth tune here is titled Love Flows Over us in Prismatic Ways. And who am I to protest, but I do think it’s a bit, ya know flattering and what not. The sonics here are drones on this opening track tinkly percussion. No beats and a few bird chirps. Bird chirps, meh. The second tune comes in with a rain storm and my ticket has pretty much been punched here. I get that there’s an Eastern peace of mind thing going on here, and I’m down with that as I’ve rocked the Upanishads and most of the major Buddhist texts but I would also say that the obviousness of the peacefulness and the stereotypical use of rain and birds lessens the creativity and the impact of the music. Just my view, if you want some really nice drone work framed with nature noises, who am I to say it takes all kinds of folks to fill the world, but it’s not for me.

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