Daily Distraction: Go on a trip with Jon Hopkins

New LP 'Music For Psychedelic Therapy' is a balm for the tension-drenched timeline

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Jon Hopkins

Producer Jon Hopkins is perhaps best known for his work with big-name artists like Coldplay and Purity Ring. But on a new album, Music For Psychedelic Therapy, Hopkins took an approach that's both quiet and expansive.

In a story for the New York Times, writer Grayson Haver Currin describes the record as "a 64-minute rhythmless expanse of delicate electronics, immersive natural sounds and celestial choirs ... meant to soundtrack a ketamine trip or, more broadly, guide listeners toward their own 'other realms.'"

I can't say I know what a ketamine trip is like, but I've been diving deeper and deeper into the world of ambient music the past few years, and this release pushes all the right buttons for me. I'm a sucker for slow, droning waves of synths layered with sounds from the natural world, and this one has both, including excerpts from Hopkins' time inside a cave in an Ecuadorian rain forest (see "Deep in the Glowing Heart" and the three-part "Tayos Caves, Ecuador").

Music For Psychedelic Therapy can be stimulating work music, chill music, doing-absolutely-nothing-and-loving-it music... whatever you want it to be. For a flavor of the goodness, zone out to this excerpt below.