Death By Horsecock - 5-MeO-DMT

Artist: Death by Horsecock

WTF Album: 5-MeO-DMT

Tags: psychedelic, drone, noise, space, ambient

WTF Quality: metaphorically speaking, a heavy trip on a powerful drug

Lifespan: 2010 -

Country: France


The three long track offering known as 5-MeO-DMT from a most absurdly named band, Death By Horsecock, is full of mystical, wonderful, strange and terrible sounds which slowly eat into your cortex and open up all those bound up receptors. Obviously the title of the album is a powerful drug, one which induces profound journey into consciousness experiences. The band name, I'm not sure. But to listen to this music in the background is totally different from fully immersing oneself in it. Take a little dive, and get into the realm of "psychedelic."


Now I'm not talking about fuzz guitars, or day-glo paint, or tribal space jams. Have a look at this list and check out some of the artists listed here:

If you didn't bother to check, just know that it begins with Acid Mothers Temple and ends with Zombies. Fuzz guitars, sitars, songs about dreaming and the mind and flower girls, and day-glo are all in there. And yet psychedelic is much more than that, and the list includes many esoteric items, such as Six Organs of Admittance, Pelt, and Shalibi Effect (which has been recently removed as the list is ever-changing). And Horsecock could fit right in line with this music.

What makes something so quintessentially psychedelic, that it can incorporate rock songs, folk melodies, instrumental ragas, free noisy drones, jazzy funk, and so many diverse sounds? Drugs? Maybe drugs. Listen to the music and agree that it is well suited for an acid trip, and perhaps that is all that is needed to pass the test. Or the musicians themselves were tripping.

The term psychedelic is derived from the Greek words ψυχή (psyche, "soul") and δηλοῦν (deloun, "to manifest"), translating to "mind-manifesting"
The term was first coined as a noun in 1957 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond as an alternative descriptor for hallucinogenic drugs in the context of psychedelic psychotherapy. Seeking a name for the experience induced by LSD, Osmond consulted Aldous Huxley. Huxley suggested the term "phanerothyme," from the Greek terms for "to show" and "spirit." In a letter to Osmond, he wrote:
To make this mundane world sublime,
Take half a gram of phanerothyme
To which Osmond responded:
To fathom Hell or soar angelic,
Just take a pinch of psychedelic

Back when psychedelic drugs were becoming widely used in the US, they were all stoned out and all like, dude, we can take this modal free jazz stuff and space out on it with these blues rock riffs, and get into this mantra trance thing and totally transform the consciousness of the nation with this stuff. They were on LSD.

Horsecock is a much heavier trip. Although the effects are very short term, the peak experience is extreme and pronounced. Listen really carefully my fellow traveler. Are your ears taking in all of the sounds? Can you hear the past and the future? Are you feeling fucked up?
The trip is constantly taking us deeper and deeper into the seed of consciousness, unfolding until our frame of reference has shifted and the music stops. Characteristic of each of the three tracks is a core drone, a vibration around which all else circles and fluctuates. However it will slowly change imperceptibly and subtly. It doesn't even seem to be there. But as we are listening closely, that center is gravity holding the chaotic and sporadic outer frequencies in their orbits. Expanding and contracting, solidifying and liquefying, mutating, leading, driving, rolling in endless cycles, fragmenting outward and inward, beaming with the eternal.

But each of our experiences is unique, each of us is a distinct lens through which the universal consciousness shines. I cannot put this feeling, this transcendence into words. It is for you to find, in the dark, with your own ears.


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