Gap Dream - ‘Ali Baba’ 7” + Death At Dusk
Ingredients: 1/2 ounce creme de violette, 5 ounces sparkling wine, 1/4 ounce absinthe, 1 maraschino cherry for garnish.
Mixing Instructions: Pour the creme de violette and sparkling wine into a champagne flute. Float the absinthe on top, garnish with a cherry and serve.
Notes: When I was 13 I got high on a sufficiently long chairlift ride to the top of Storm Peak in Steamboat Springs, CO. It was one of those futuristic chairlifts with the bubble that came down over the top of you to seal you and your gaseous discharges in, while keeping the snow and wind out. The three Rastafarian-looking snowboarders with me each busted out small ceramic pipes, looked my way, decided the 13-yr old white kid with a purple headband wasn’t a threat, and got really high…and me by default, the increasingly introspective boy in the hotbox.
I haven’t gotten high since for a lot of reasons, none of which a result of the above experience, which I actually enjoyed quite immensely. But listening to Gap Dream’s ‘Ali Baba’, a two-track burst of out-of-body goodness, was the first time in a while that I’ve thought about that time that I was high. I know it’s easy to associate psychedelic music with drug use, but let’s just say I didn’t think about it with Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’ (an album I’ve been really enjoying) and I did with this dreamy surf-psych 7”. Draw your own conclusions.
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