The Perfect Trip (band & album) is 60s-70s psych rock built for the modern era of fluidity. The Boston-based group’s self-titled debut is nine tracks of whimsical musings about the universe and our role in it. The album is versatile in both content and musicality – a whirlwind of horns, harps, and organs accompany far-out tales encompassing fear, love, energy, and the borders between them.
DMT, possibly one of my favorites intros yet this year, is explicitly hallucinogenic. The way it captures the anxiety that comes with bliss, DMT or not, is incredible. Brief soprano harmonies with satanic undertones are only audible if you listen closely enough.
It’s unfortunate that The Perfect Trip was released only a few weeks before Massachusetts’ COVID lockdown. If you missed their release show at the Middle East in February but crave the content, there are several recorded and archived performances on their website, perfecttrip.org. You can also check out their bandcamp to show some love.