Thursday 23 May 2013

Ben Lee - Welcome To The House Of Mystical Death

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This quite spectacular track feels powerful and it feels spiritual, and this is no coincidence. Ben Lee's new album is called 'Ayahuasca: Welcome To The Work' and documents his experiences of using this mystical brew. As a brief bit of background, Ayahuasca is a drink made from two plants native to the rainforests of South America. It has long been used by shamen to travel to the spirit world and supposedly contact the dead. It's reported to be an intensely spiritual and unique, if not always comfortable journey. It sounds as though Lee's new work will focus on this form of spirituality.

That word is used deliberately, as although it's a hallucinogen (the active ingredient being DMT), it shouldn't be used for recreational purposes and is seen as a medicine. Therefore 'Welcome To The House Of Mystical Death' feels more like an awakening that a psychedelic trip. With a breathy, repetitive introduction, more voices overlay each other until the song flowers into something which is best described as being pure euphoria put to music with a refrain of "let the light in". Whether or not Ben Lee's world view has changed as a result of taking this medicine is for him to know. But if the outcome is music as glorious as this then something good has come from his experiences.

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