Psychedelic music emerged in the
1960s when the Western world suddenly began craving liberation from social norms, and the right to self
expression after years of political
and social unrest. With a new found sense of freedom, musicians, who sometimes
found themselves under the influence of psychoactive substances, began to
create a soundtrack that was reflective of their colourful, often hallucinatory
experiences. Gone were the clean-cut, suited and booted musicians of yore, and
in were the bohemian, multicoloured minstrels of now.
Though psychedelia reached its
pinnacle in the sixties, the trippy tune tradition has continued throughout the
decades under many guises. From classic rock to avant-garde, and funk to punk,
listed below are ten trippy albums that traverse the musical landscape, while maintaining
an inherently mind-expanding, psychedelic sound.
Despite their differences, each of these artists and groups
have one crucial thing in common – they have each produced a sound that is uniquely
theirs, never being afraid to stray from the status quo. By making use of
unusual instrumentation and new technologies, or stirring vocals and curious
lyrics, their music seeks to bring you out of your comfort zone and into your
I’m Stiggy. A Brit raised stateside, I have a deep love of music, am an avid gig-goer, and generally love to go places and see things. I have a BA in American Studies (it’s a real subject, I swear), and work full time somewhere in northern England.