Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Strange Light – A Mixtape


Enter Strange Light, a sister mix to last year’s Blue August Moon. If the latter played like a transient spirit hovering over a hazy, humid dusk, then think of this as a snowy, white dawn giving way to spring. Thick with its own mystery and magic – a tranquil blend of global folk, gospel, soul and psych. A strange light, indeed. | c depasquale

Intro — “Unknown to Themselves”
Pharoah Sanders — Japan
Mulatu Astatqe — Tezeta
Dara Puspita — To Love Somebody
Robbie Basho — Variations on Clair de Lune
Van Morrison — Sweet Thing
Daniel Bachman — Happy One Step
The City — Man Without a Dream
Bob Carpenter — Miracle Man
Doris Troy — Whatcha Gunna Do About It
The Combinations — While You Were Gone
Lee Jung Hwa — I Don’t Like
Eddie Floyd — I’ve Just Been Feeling Bad
The Mamas & The Papas — Snowqueen of Texas
The Band — To Kingdom Come
Clyde McPhatter — You’re Movin’ Me
Willie Wright — Nantucket Island
Jerry Jeff Walker — Well of the Blues
Jan Bradley — It’s Just Your Way
L.C. Cooke — Put Me Down Easy
Arthur Russell — Nobody Wants a Lonely Heart
Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris — In My Hour of Darkness
Buffalo Springfield — Kind Woman
Cat Power — Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Arthur Russell — Come to Life
Vetiver — Sleep a Million Years
Here We Go Magic — Song in Three
White Denim — Light Light Light
Callers — Rone
Lambchop — Each Time I Bring It Up It Seems to Bring You Down
Dirty Projectors — Dark Eyes (Bob Dylan)
Gracious Calamity — Song That Grows Like a Vine (Demo)
Jessica Pratt — Streets of Mine
Mountain Man — Around and Around (John Denver)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Into My Arms
The Rolling Stones — Sweet Black Angel
Junior Kimbrough — My Mind is Rambling
Antony & Bryce Dessner — I Was Young When I Left Home
Vandaveer — Long Black Veil
Jim Woehrle & Michael Yonkers — Monkey’s Tail
Hawa Daisy Moore — Ja Na Ka
Francis Bebey — Doula o Mulema
Chester Lewis — Precious Lord
Odetta — Cool Water
Shirley Ann Lee — Introduction / All I Have To Depend On
Outro — “Exactly the Right Time and Place”
Alice Coltrane — Going Home

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20 thoughts on “Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Strange Light – A Mixtape

  1. Is there a way to download this in mp3 format, or can it only be listened to through the webpage? When i click download it simply opens up another webpage which contains a media player, but which does not allow me to actually download the playlist.


  2. This is amazing. Thanks a lot, AD!

    zack, if you are using a PC then right-click on the player and select “Save Audio As…”

  3. Waah, this is great – so many new discoveries. Thanks so much!!


  4. I just want to say thank you for this mix, it’s a great accompaniment to early morning walks. Just one little question-where does that dialogue in the intro come from?

  5. My spring break began this morning, and this was exactly what I needed to get things going. Lots of “firsts” in here for me, particularly Willie Wright and Chester Lewis. Thanks so much for this lovely affair.

  6. Thank you so much for this! it is lifting, mirrors everything I feel and long for in this new Spring. Really

  7. This is so uplifting! I love this mix especially Mulatu Astatqe — Tezeta. Wow, sort of introduced me to a new genre that I never really paid attention to before. Thank you!

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