ARTICLE: Hard Psychedelic Truths - A Review of The Midnight Gospel

The Midnight Gospel is simultaneously a makeup of familiar things I really enjoy, as well as some things I’ve never seen before. The combination of philosophy and animation that The Midnight Gospel aspires to be is a single idea, one that is a feast for the eyes as well as fuel for the mind, but despite the show truly excelling on both these fronts, there are times that it struggles to find a perfect synergy of these mediums. This could be because of the show’s two creators, both considered powerhouses of their respective art forms: Duncan Trussell and Pendleton Ward.

Duncan Trussell is a comedian, primarily known for his podcast, the Duncan Trussell Family Hour. Here listeners take part in a one to two hour philosophical tangent that covers all things that both haunt and percolate the mind. Duncan Trussell has proven to be a master interviewer, pulling deep thoughtful truths from both fellow comedians, as well as authors on death, meditation and the general status of the human condition. Trussell masterfully crafts an audio medium containing a unique cosmic texture as he includes “skits.” These are parodies of advertisements that sound like they’re being beamed from another dimension, or sometimes during interviews the sound will glitch and reverberate, jarring the listener in a way that is entirely by design. The podcast may exist within the constraints of time, but on occasion it also divorces itself from this construct. In the mind's eye, Trussell’s sound booth or interview room may seem like it exists on an asteroid gently moving its way across the celestial cosmos. He’s also super funny and that’s always a good chaser for conversations orbiting the fleetingly serious.