“There was a guitar introduction, and that tasted like apple slices.”
If Slipknot tastes like marzipan to you, and Johnny Cash like sliced apples, it may not just be your gluttony speaking. In fact, you might be one of 0.2% of the world’s population with lexical-gustatory synesthesia. This special form of synesthesia connects cognitive pathways between sound and taste, meaning all sounds—and therefore music—are a strange buffet of flavors.
James Wannerton is someone with this condition. In a recent interview with Noisey, he detailed the tastes that emerged as he listened to playlist of tracks. The results? Smash Mouth’s “All Star” is a delicious combo of chocolate and cream, while Alice Deejay’s smash hit “Better Off Alone” is like munching on a packet of gummy candy. Delicious! Check out all the results here.