Brian Wilson’s “Good Vibrations” has been called a pocket symphony. For this fellow autistic, it is also a sensory symphony that speaks to my wiring.
Good Vibrations, Bad Vibrations, Overwhelm, and Meltdown
Here are five pocket sensory symphonies, starting with the version of “Good Vibrations” from the “Smile Sessions”, that flood my neurology in a good way. This sequence really works for me.
I don’t know if Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females is also autistic, but I identify with her music as a disabled neurodivergent and claim her as a neurosibling in my headcanon. She has two towering, monumental, tidal wave songs on here that fill the immensity of a near-field sound stage and give me bumps and shivers.
I listen to these in the sweet spot of a near-field listening setup with that Rickenbacker thumping against my legs through a subwoofer port. Your tingle levels may vary.
For more music from Screaming Females and chronic, neurodivergent, depressed, queer punks:
Music. By listening to it you feel heard.
If you have this experience or this emotional state that you’re in and then you listen to a piece of music that describes that back to you, you feel connected, you feel connected to the fabric of our species.
— Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso
The drum beat is as close to the heart beat as you can get, and when you are all listening to a song together your bodies slow down in the same way. It’s a great community builder.
— Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso
I love these two and the music they make together. They’ve been a source of buoyancy during these times we’re in.
Here’s Sylvan Esso connecting us to the fabric of the species with a sublime version of Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free”. Two great musical partnerships come together in this song.