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How Psychedelics Influenced Noah Gundersen's Latest Album, 'Lover'

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Noah Gundersen inside the World Cafe Performance Studio
Jamie Stow, WXPN

Noah Gundersen inside the World Cafe Performance Studio

It's not every day at World Cafe that we start our session with a disclaimer, but here's one: Today's conversation with Noah Gundersen includes some talk about psychedelic drugs and their influence on Gundersen's latest album, Lover.

Disclaimer out of the way, psychedelic drugs are just the jumping-off point for a conversation about the songs on Gundersen's rich, exquisitely crafted album. Lover addresses a transformative year in Gundersen's life, one that included the end of a romantic relationship and the realization that Gundersen's parents, who raised him in a conservative, right-wing home in rural Washington, are now what he calls "truly progressive."

Hear the free-wheeling conversation with Noah Gundersen in the audio player.

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