British-born, Brussels-based musician Will Samson has announced the release of a new album called Paralanguage, which is inspired by his first and only psilocybin experiment. Years after the sudden death of his father in 2012, and after a difficult grieving process, Samson and his girlfriend retreated to the countryside to try psilocybin, and the upcoming record seeks to mirror that experience.
Mostly a solo work, Paralanguage saw Samson enlist the help of some stellar collaborators, including Beatrijs De Klerck, Christina Vantzou, Ben Lester, Jeremy Boettcher and Michael Feuerstack. Marking his fifth studio album, Paralanguage is also his first for Wichita Recordings and arrives on December 6th. Ahead of it, Samson has shared the first single, the utterly beautiful and serene ‘Ochre Alps’. The song has been paired with a gorgeous video, and Samson had this to say about it:
“The starting point for Ochre Alps was a dream. In it, I found myself stuck half way up a mountain, with my foot lodged deep in the snow. I looked up into the distance to see other climbers reaching the top and below me was a long descent back down. My short analysis is that some old patterns had to be shed in order to move forward. The lyrics that made their way onto the final song were written after a gentle psilocybin journey in the countryside, which naturally eased its way into the song, thematically blending with the mountain dream. That experience is best described in the opening two lines of the track ‘I woke up into my body – deep in the silence’. The characters in the video are waking up into the landscape of a lucid dream. Much like the psilocybin experience, the characters rediscover a silent mind – giving the space to totally inhabit and celebrate their bodies.”
The video for ‘Ochre Alps’ was directed by Lily Marks and Eren Kaplan and you can watch it below.