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Stoner’s Delight: Music To Listen To When High

Note from the editor: we don't advocate or encourage drug or substance abuse here at Zing. But some albums are notorious for sounding great when certain, ahem...'chemicals', have been induced. So here goes. Enjoy 🙂

So, you fancy a chilled evening in, maybe with a couple of friends and a little (ahem) 'mind alteration'. What should you have on your playlist / in your stereo?

It's an important decision to make. Music can have a profound impact on how you feel, and choosing appropriate sounds which complement your 'state' can make or break the night!

Well, here are our top 5 albums to listen to when you're riding an alternative wave. Also, as they're already albums, it saves a lot of playlist-creating time!

We've even put them in our suggested order of rotation:

“I want to get hiiiiigh, so high!” - This is the perfect album to get you in the mood for laughs, laziness and lots of snacks.

It's a feel good, fun album which celebrates smoking in a care-free, hilarious way, and there are so many memorable hooks here that after a few listens, you and your friends will sing along to certain lines every time!

“Just toss that ham in the frying pan, like Spam!”

Perfect for a post-club session, this album combines dancey euphoria with Stones-style rock and roll and peaceful, beautiful psychedelic music.

The lyrics are consistently optimistic and the songs genuinely make you feel happy.

“Gonna live the life I love, gonna love the life I live!” - This message, which is followed by a rave-style whistle blowing sound, can't not put you in a good mood!

Getting a bit more serious now. This masterpiece will take you on a journey as 'far out' as the moon, man.

Classic songs like 'Money' and 'Time' feature here, and if you really listen, you'll hear new elements in these songs every time.

'The Great Gig In The Sky' is a sublime song with outstanding female vocals by Claire Torry, and listening to it is moving and mesmerising.

You might have noticed that we're big Hendrix fans here at Zing!

Electric Ladyland – which features Hendrix' highest selling single 'All Along The Watchtower', is a massive 75 minutes long and perfect for when the conversation has gone quiet.

Hendrix and his band's playing both stimulates and energises your mind, and the love with which he handled his guitar comes through on the recording. Especially when you're 'altered'.

Jimi Hendrix

Kid A is an album which will wind down your night perfectly.

It's trippy, slow, and interesting. There are so many things going on in the songs here that your ears will remain hooked.

As you look around the room, you might notice some of your friends looking intensely focused or even a bit like they're in a trance. Good. It's the end of the night. This album will help you to wind down whilst still being interesting enough that your mind won't start wandering to undesirable places.

So, that's our top 5. Do you have any go-to albums when you're 'altered'?

Let us know if you think we've missed anything!

Peace x

Roz is a music teacher and our go-to person for anything music theory! When she’s not teaching or writing for Zing, Roz writes and plays in alternative/ psyche /art rock band The Roz Bruce Infusion.

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