Embark on a listening journey with these blazing bops on 4/20 – The Rocky Mountain Collegian


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Happy 4/20! Today, no one can judge you for lighting up in the morning and spending the whole day dazed, confused, and hopefully laughing and happy.

And of course, nothing pairs this holiday better than trippy, relaxing psychedelic tunes. So get out some nice speakers or headphones and embark on a listening experience this 4/20.

Ugo‘ from The Dead Pirates

The Dead Pirates’ “Ugo” is first on the playlist because not only is it an entire one-song journey, but it’s an old-school black-and-white cartoon Musical clip that goes with. If you’re looking for weird things to watch on your vacation, I highly suggest falling down the rabbit hole of this song.

In its nearly six-minute entirety, the song uses creepy bass lines, trippy guitar distortions, and bizarre sound effects, making you feel like you’re slowly walking through the same spooky, psychedelic world as in the music video.

Everyone’s birthday‘ from Hana Vu

Isn’t 4/20 everyone’s birthday? The lyrics to Hana Vu’s “Everybody’s Birthday” are actually quite sad and are about how it has to be everyone’s birthday because they’re all crying. Nonetheless, this song is a great listening experience for your vacation.

With a funky bassline and groovy intergalactic synths and effects, this song isn’t one to skip this 4/20, especially if you’re into your feels.

Freckles‘ by Hey Cowboy!

If the tempo wasn’t picking up as fast as it does, “Freckles” would be the ultimate smoke session song. So fair warning, this song might get a bit fast for the high-minded, but it’s still a must-do because the perfect harmonies and soulful tempo let you drift off into another dimension.

It was actually quite difficult to choose which Hey Cowboy! song made it to this playlist because they are all funky and trippy. Their entire discography is worth listening to on 4/20 or any other sunny day.

Sports‘ by Viagra Boys

I really enjoy Viagra Boys’ “Sports” because it mostly lists things all the time. It’s actually one of my favorite songs of all time simply because it’s hard not to smile while listening to it due to its weird nature. That makes a good 4/20 checklist of things to do, such as “get high in the morning, don’t answer calls, volleyball.”

If you are looking for a fun and carefree vacation, this song is for you.

Watch cartoons‘ by La Luz and Adrian Younge

This song is perfect for those of us who will be spending part – if not all – of the vacation indoors focusing on cartoons. The “Watch cartoonsThe music video is also worth watching, following the story of haunted television using a combination of different styles of animation and live action.

If you like psychedelic funky surf-rock, La Luz might be your new favorite band. For their recent self-titled album, they worked with soul and jazz producer Adrian Younge to harness an earthy, organic psychedelic sound as heard on “Watching Cartoons.”

Seeds‘ by Crumb

“Seeds” is another perfect song to float around in a world of smoke and bliss. As someone whose top artist on Spotify for three years in a row was Crumb, I might be a little biased, but Crumb makes some of the greatest songs in the world.

The lyrics to “Seeds” move effortlessly with the instrumentals, making for a next-level listening experience. The way this song fades out with a soft, long wind effect is just one of many examples of the attention to detail Crumb uses in his music.

Fire starter‘ by THE WITCH

It’s one of my favorite songs to listen to when I don’t want to worry about existing in this society. If I had a car with no roof and could drive around in the desert for days, I would exclusively play LA WITCH.

“Fire Starter” is a great example of the psychedelic desert-rock created by LA WITCH. It’s a song that, at its essence, feels like it’s being played through a misty cloud of smoke, making it a perfect addition to your 4/20 playlist.

Contact Maddy Erskine at [email protected] or on Twitter @maddyerskine_.


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