Jon Hopkins Announces New Album 'Music for Psychedelic Therapy'

The follow-up to 2018's 'Singularity' features no beats or drums

BY Kaelen BellPublished Sep 2, 2021

Jon Hopkins has announced a new album called Music for Psychedelic Therapy, out November 12 on Domino

According to Hopkins, Music for Psychedelic Therapy has no beats or drum sounds, and came to be following a 2018 trip to Tayos Caves in Ecuador.

"Music for Psychedelic Therapy is not ambient, classical or drone but has elements of all three," he said. "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," 

Along with the announcement, Hopkins has also shared album closer "Sit Around the Fire." The single is a collaboration with producer and ceremony guide East Forest, and features the voice of late American guru Ram Dass. It's fittingly gentle and meditative — at one point, Ram Dass intones "you don't need greed, because you already have it all." 

Hopkins shared the following about the song:

"Sit Around The Fire" exists from one of the deep synchronicities that ushered this [album] into being. I was contacted by East Forest, who had spent some time with Ram Dass in Hawaii before he passed. He was given access to several lesser-heard talks from the '70s, and asked to set them to music. He sent me some starting points, including the beautiful choral vocals he recorded which open the piece. I put my headphones on and with Ram Dass' voice inside my head, I sat at the piano and improvised. What you hear is the first thing that came out — it just appeared in response to the words.

Music for Psychedelic Therapy is Hopkins' first full-length since 2018's Singularity. Last year, he released another wellness-oriented piece, the 20-minute "Singing Bowl (Ascension)." 

Listen to "Sit Around the Fire" below, where you can also find the album's tracklisting

Music for Psychedelic Therapy:

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) 

Pre-order Music for Psychedelic Therapy.

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