- Brandon Soderberg
- A weed that appears to be space age.
Blue Zkittlez feels “retro.” It’s like what “grass” maybe felt like in the late ‘70s or something, when the culture surrounding it wasn’t all so high-impact and complicated. This isn’t nostalgia mind you, because what you’ll mostly endure is something low pressure here — not “better,” but different and surely slower and less ambitious—where the stakes are nearly nonexistent by contemporary standards. It’s an ambling ‘70s movie such as Billy Friedkin’s The Brinks Job where not a whole lot happens, but what happens all happens in the right rewarding ways and it’s rough enough around the edges to stick in your craw. It’s a honeyed, edgy country album with waves of acoustic guitars, gloopy basslines, and ghostly melodies like Jerry Jeff Walker’s Jerry Jeff. It feels like those sorts of art, feelz-first works far from the established canon. Or think about this: Dominating pop culture conversations right now in country music is Kacey Musgraves’ new album, Golden Hour, a little, luminous long player about pot, acid, disco and love. Blue Zkittlez has a lot to do with Golden Hour — a not-at-all-caustic, soft psyche experience marred by down-to-earth melancholy and a purposeful lack of ambition. A record where little things feel like big things pairs well with a strain that does what it does just right and never gets too loosey-goosey.
Smoking Blue Zkittles leaves a pepper perfume taste and a light hint of kettle corn. Its high is warm and glowing, edgeless really, round. If you’re attuned to the sometimes sick thrills of nausea where too much hits you and you get a little excited by losing control and you’ll want to lie down and take it in, well that’s the woolly thrust of this high. It’s overwhelming, but overwhelming in a semi-victorious way, like after you’ve shoplifted or realize you might just be falling in love.
Nose: Grape soda-flavored candy bottle caps
Existential dread: 1
Freaking out when a crazy person approaches you: 2
Drink pairing: Orange juice
Music pairing: Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour