1 AARON DILLOWAY, THE GAG FILE (Dais) Why do we obsess so much more over hallucinatory and mind-bending “bad trip” experiences than over good ones? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in Dilloway’s latest masterwork of auditory trips, which sends the listener through a fun-house labyrinth of sound in search of The Gag File’s punch line.
2 ALICE COLTRANE, THE ECSTATIC MUSIC OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA (Luaka Bop) This album collects the rare devotional ashram music that Coltrane recorded and self-released on cassettes during the 1980s and ’90s in California. Coltrane composed prayer songs and performed them with ashram singers and musicians, fusing gospel- and jazz-influenced vocals, synthesizer drones, and traditional Indian instrumentation to create ethereal, meditative music that achieves the highest degree of spiritual divinity.
3 WILL GUTHRIE, PEOPLE PLEASER
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