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Carousel Kings On How Floatation Therapy Made ‘Charm City’

Vocalist David Alexander shares that Charm City came together so well thanks to… floatation therapy? “We took a lot of time off to write,” he begins. “During that time, we were doing a lot of floatation therapy. We would demo stuff out and go into this float room and listen to it in there just for hours. We spent, like, a year doing that: floating and demoing songs. We were trying to relax as much as possible.”

OK, so what is flotation therapy? “[It’s] sensory deprivation,” Alexander explains. “The idea is you go in with a clear mind and your thoughts disappear, and like a volcano erupting, these little thought bubbles spur sometimes. We just tried to get the most clear, original, and concise ideas that we could.”

“I view it as a tool or a catalyst that can work like a meditation state,” he continues. “In those, you can literally change your brain by the thoughts you’re feeding your mind. It’s really relaxing: 10 inches of water, 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts, the water is the same temperature as your body, and you go in with earplugs. You can have a little blue light on or off, but otherwise, it’s complete darkness—you and your mind. You go in there for a minimum of 60 minutes. I usually go in for overnights, which can go up to four hours. It’s the most relaxing thing, like your own personal Dead Sea experience.”

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