Enter the world of psychedelia in this musical representation of art. Let this abstraction of songs, covering various decades and genres, wash over you. Appreciate the flight of imagination with your feet solidly on the ground. 

Van Gogh had an epileptic condition. One of Van Gogh’s physicians was thought to have treated his epilepsy with digitalis. This prescription drug can cause one to see in yellow or see yellow spots.

Coleridge, a major Romantic poet, wrote several poems under the influence of opium. He called for “that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.” By this he meant that the reader will accept the poem for what it is, temporarily giving over to the author’s vision of the world long enough to appreciate the work. Therefore, we will do as Coleridge bids and enjoy the haunting melodies but without feeding our heads.

Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?

Me neither, but I will say that the first track of this playlist is well-known for its part in Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’, and the most famous from Jefferson Airplane’s album ‘Surrealistic Pillow’. It is commonly thought that the lyrics are a reference to the hallucinatory effects of psychedelic drugs. Next up are ‘Jinja Safari’ with their energetic, live performances. A friend of mine introduced me to ‘The Feelies’ – an American rock band, formed in 1976 – and I love the track ‘Moscow Nights’, which hails from their debut album ‘Crazy Rhythms’.

Trawling through Youtube music has become a habit of mine that needs feeding. This next song, remixed by Soulwax, was the result of this constant quest and I love the bouncy waves of percussion in this track. Hear illusion on the edge of your mind with the renowned ‘The Crystal Ship’, which features on ‘The Doors’ 1967 debut album.

Track 6 is by the weird yet wonderful Princess Chelsea, whose child-like vocals sit happily over a sort of haunting, nursery rhyme melody, which is a remix of the song from the musical ‘Les Miserables’. A few more listens to adjust to her style might be in order! My favourites are ‘The Cigarette Duet’, ‘Ice Reign’ and ‘Yulia’, with the latter having an odd yet cracking video to accompany it!

Stackridge are a British folk, pop and progressive rock group and this track comes from their 1975 album ‘Extravaganza’. “I’m waiting for the man” is a song by the American rock band The Velvet Underground, written by Lou Reed. It was first released on their 1967 debut album, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’.

This playlist and accompanying piece was created by Claire Hume, Music Blogger at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every Wednesday!