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Daily Dose: Sebastian, "Passages"

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Daily Dose: Sebastian, "Passages"

Daily Dose is your daily source for the song you absolutely, positively need to hear every day. Curated by the Paste Music Team.

Paul Major might only be familiar to you as the frontman for the unstoppable psych group Endless Boogie. But for record collectors, the 63-year-old has been one of the best sources to find rare vinyl from artists who existed in the margins of the music industry. He championed private press records and outsider artists through his mail order business and beloved zine-like catalogs, and thus inspired a generation of crate diggers to mine thrift stores and dollar bins for unvarnished gems.

Recently, he helped celebrate his long career and vast collection in the book Feel The Music: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major but, this month, he’s letting folks get an audio taste of some of his favorites with the release of Feel The Music Vol. 1, a compilation of zonked folk and wild-eyed acid rock rarities. And one of the best tracks on this deep dive is the one we’re presenting today: Sebastian’s “Passages.”

Originally released in 1970 on the album Rays Of The Sun, the track by this Canadian artist is, as Major describes it, like an attempt, with phased out vocals and “Eleanor Rigby”-like melodics, to describe a particularly heady hallucination in musical form. He writes, “When 10,000 weeds are smiling and talking to you the acid has definitely kicked in. Sebastian is the Canadian king of blow dried hair psychedelia.” There’s plenty more fried visions to be found on Feel The Music, which you can pick up on October 27th via Mexican Summer’s reissue imprint Anthology Recordings.

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