Thursday 2 September 2021

Jon Hopkins with Ram Dass, East Forest - Sit Around The Fire

Photo credit: Steve Gullick

For anyone needing a break, or longing for a mental re-set, I urge you to play the below and take back almost 9 minutes of pure bliss. Returning with news of his latest album, 'Music For Psychedelic Therapy', out November 12th (digitally/CD) and February 11th (LP) on Domino, today sees Jon Hopkins unveil the record's closing track, “Sit Around The Fire”. “‘Sit Around The Fire’ exists from one of the deep synchronicities that ushered this thing (Music For Psychedelic Therapy) into being,” comments Hopkins. “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.” Take a listen to the stunning art form below acompanied by its video, made by Tom Readdy and Lucy Dawkins at Yes Please using animated imagery from the pages of Ram Dass’ iconic book Be Here Now, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


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