I have quite a few memories from my childhood of looking through a kaleidoscope and being amazed at all the colorful explosions. It was amazing that a little plastic toy could be so inspiring. People always describe using psychedelics as a similarly colorful experience, but that wasn’t the case for me – I was stressed out for 2 hours while my friends made me watch live footage of the Talking Heads (seeing David Byrne in his giant suit is the exact opposite of a warm, comforting experience) and woke up the next day feeling horrifically tired.
Later in my life I realized that the high I was chasing was more likely to come from unaffected experiences, like listening to a song that genuinely inspires me. I get that feeling from Donkeyboy’s new single “Kaleidoscope”. It’s a glistening slice of synth pop that sends chills through my body and makes me feel like I’m having an ultra-positive, life changing experience every time I press play. There’s hints of the best parts of FUN. and even a little Daft Punk, all with a classic Scandinavian ear for infectious melodies. “Kaleidoscope” is a drug whose high I won’t be coming down from anytime soon.
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