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Wickedly ambiguous, lysergic flashback styles from two Miami musicians, making their debut on Nick Klein and co’s Enmossed X Psychic Liberation series with a mulched, sensual psychedelia tipped to fans of NWAQ, Pendant, Otherworld.
Oscillating at the cusp of sublime and ‘marish improv electronics, Bad LSD Trips live up to their eternally evocative alias with an in-depth exploration and emulation of the acid-fried mind. Revolving arounbd Domingo Castillo and doris dana, the duo convened over the course of 2020-21 in their native Miami, Florida for sessions that cultivated a contemporary iteration of the classic ambient industrial vernacular, adapting well worn traditions to express their starry-eyed purview on a world in flux. It’s not disclosed whether they partook in trips during those sessions, but it certainly sounds like it, or at least like they drew on the experience of peak and post-peak hours of a trip. Everything feels plasmic and amorphous, tactfully enacting the sensual poetry of acid with a sensitive nuance that finely speaks to its elusive nature.
Like looking back down the lens of modern industrial ambient interzones, they spy inverted visions of the styles roots in original industrial and, before that, early electronic and tape music paradigms that emerged during the same era when LSD became more widely used by the counterculture. In its primitivist futurism, ‘bad LSD Trips’ dials up the dilated wonder of the early psychonauts against a backdrop of the world they came to shape. Drawing on the artists’ backgrounds in visual arts, they usher a richly synaesthetic flow of spatialized texture, harmonised pathos and suggestive logic that inverts highly alert states of mind invoked by the Internet and associated rhizomic modes of thought, as much as Miami’s threadbare but dayglo geography, to reclaim a more detached sense of wonder, like peering down the wrong end of a telescope, with all the strange feelings, both lush and more frazzled, in the process.