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Jon Hopkins Details New Album 'Music For Psychedelic Therapy', Drops Sit Around The Fire

Friday, 03 September 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

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Jon Hopkins has shared details of a new album.

Self-produced and recorded, 'Music For Psychedelic Therapy' will arrive on November 12, with a vinyl release following on February 11 through Domino. The follow-up to 2018's 'Singularity' was inspired by a life-changing trip to the Tayos Caves in Ecuador in 2018. Hopkins said:

“What grew from this experience is an album with no beats, not one drum sound, something that is closer to a classical symphony than a dance/electronica record. Something that is more like having an experience than listening to a piece of music. Maybe something far more emotionally honest than I had been comfortable making before - a merging of music, nature and my own desire to heal. The freedom from traditional rhythmic structures unlocked so much - it felt like I was free to explore a new form of rhythm, one that you discover when you just allow things to flow without letting yourself get in the way."

He added: "'Music For Psychedelic Therapy' is not ambient, classical or drone but has elements of all three. For me it’s a place as much as it is a sound. It works for the sober mind, but takes on a new dimension entirely when brought into a psychedelic ceremony. In my own psychedelic explorations testing this music, I found a quote I had read would keep coming to mind. ‘Music is liquid architecture, architecture is frozen music.’ I love this idea of music as something you inhabit, something that works on you energetically. In fact, it was while in that state that the title appeared to me. Psychedelic-assisted therapies are moving into legality across the world, and yet it feels like no one is talking about the music; the music is as important as the medicine."

To celebrate the news, the electronic artist has dropped the single Sit Around The Fire, an atmospheric soundscape created with producer East Forest, with vocals from the late Ram Dass.

'Music For Psychedelic Therapy' tracklist:

1. Welcome
2. Tayos Caves, Ecuador i
3. Tayos Caves, Ecuador ii
4. Tayos Caves, Ecuador iii
5. Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves
6. Deep In The Glowing Heart
7. Ascending, Dawn Sky
8. Arriving
9. Sit Around The Fire (with Ram Dass, East Forest)

Hopkins will play rescheduled UK and European shows this autumn. 

Jon Hopkins Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri October 01 2021 - LONDON Printworks
Thu November 04 2021 - BRISTOL St George's
Tue November 23 2021 - LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Sun November 07 2021 - BRUSSELS Cirque Royal (Belgium)
Mon November 08 2021 - PARIS Salle Pleyel (France)
Sun November 14 2021 - HELSINKI Helsinki Music Centre (FI)
Mon November 15 2021 - BERLIN Philharmonie (Germany)
Tue November 16 2021 - DEN HAAG Amare (Netherlands)
Sat November 20 2021 - OSLO Sentrum Scene (Norway)
Sun November 21 2021 - COPENHAGEN Dr Koncerthuset (DK)
Thu November 25 2021 - STOCKHOLM Gota Lejon (Sweden)
Fri November 26 2021 - HAMBURG Laeiszhalle (Germany)
Sat July 16 2022 - GALWAY Festival Big Top

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