TUNE Bomethius - A Mazing Tonic
“A Mazing Tonic,” adapts an unusual poem to create a potent narrative about the quest for enlightenment through psychedelics. Every line comprises sets of three words, each of which repeats the initials of the hallucinogen AMT (as in the opening line: “Ask Me Tomorrow About My Things”).
With a seductive, cyclical melody, Jonathan’s vocals roll among a dancing piano, clean guitar licks, and layers of chary harmonies. Steeped in references to open-eye visuals and closed-eye phantoms, the verses wend through the disjecta membra of repeated descents into the torn fabric of his own mind. In search of truths he can’t prize from his normal life, the songwriter peers into the mystical realms of the subconscious and whatever lies beyond it but finds no lasting satisfaction among the ensorcelling visions and epiphanies he chases and desperately longs to decipher and absorb again and again. Like an eager but doomed wayfarer losing the thread within the labyrinth, the song’s descriptions of the pilgrim deteriorate amid freak-out distortion, feedback, dissonance, and crashing percussion.