Mice Parade – Tales of Las Negras

12 Feb

I walked down a long, wide corridor. I knew that it stretched down infinitely, but I walked down it anyway because it was interesting. Every now and then there would be a window. I wouldn’t look out it; I would just knew that it was there. The corridor seemed to twist, yet from my perspective it was perfectly straight. It was also inhabited by familiar faces standing at random places not moving at all. As I walked farther, holes began appearing in the ground. I paid attention to these until I found the one. It was a staircase leading down to a pulsating purple portal of sorts. As I walked through I just saw just white, yet I heard the most amazing music I have ever heard. The drum beat rocked my soul, imbibing in me the strength to live eight lives, the synthesizer capturing the mystery of my dream perfectly.

The first time I heard this song I was woken up to it by my iHome sometime back in high-school. Let me just say that I stayed in bed until the song finished, and continued the day with a sort of unnatural energy and an air of bliss.

This song scales pretty highly on my personal psychedelia scale for that same reason. Everyone has their own personal psychedelia scale, the reason simply that everyone has had different experiences throughout their lives, and different memories act in their own unique ways. Ever hear a song from your childhood which you haven’t heard in a while and upon doing so you relive long-lost memories and forgotten feelings from ages past? That is the most simple of psychedelic experiences and it can happen with any song, psychedelic or not, and can be negative or positive.

Something as terrible as Justin Bieber could even have this effect on someone if they were listening to it at a significant point in their lives. Granted a Justin Bieber flash-back would most likely be terrifying, I’m warning all young girls to limit their exposure to it before their minds make irreversible connections and we hear on the news that someone got murdered while this song was playing. I ain’t kidding either. That would be a terrifying way to go out. “Baaaby Baaby Baby Ohhh, Baaaby Baaby Baby Nooo…. I thought you’d always be mine” and some crazy woman with a knife stabs you.

The future’s gonna be a scary place.


How’d we get here? Let’s get back to the car now and continue this post.

And let me play you the actual song so that you completely forget what happened back there in those woods.

Whenever I hear The Tales of Las Negras I still can feel that one morning in all of its tranquility and happiness.

If you asked almost anyone what genre of music Mice Parade was, I doubt that anyone would give you the answer ‘psychedelic’. Most likely you would get indie and possibly shoegaze. I personally would go further and call it good music, but even I wouldn’t say its psychedelic per say. It doesn’t have the weirdness that we all come to expect from psychedelia.

Nonetheless, I feel like anyone could appreciate this song. The Tales of Las Negras opens in one of the dreamiest ways possible. The drummer is really good and makes one of the coolest beats ever in this song. The synth/keyboard in the background creates that sort of mysterious yet uplifting sound you would expect in the turning point of some sort of moody indie film.

The singing is relaxed and gentle, sort of like a lullaby about some sort of fairytale which you know isn’t real but you listen anyway because it intrigues you. It serves to distract you while the song ever so slowly and continuously builds and gathers strength. By the end the song is like a refreshing spring breeze that would prepare you for the day ahead. And before you know it stops playing and you are left planning a successful day for yourself, or another listen, and definitely not murder.

This song would however make for an excellent song to play during the love fueled murder scene of some moody indie film… and only if it turns out that the act based on some sort of false pretense. And then it all turns out to be a dream.


Any directors out there?

This beautiful song is off of Mice Parade’s self titled album Mice Parade.


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