Posts Tagged ‘Elkhorn’

Elkhorn – “To See Darkness”

For the past couple of years psych-folk duo Elkhorn has been amassing a catalog of burnt-cinder and toasted molasses guitar gems on labels like Beyond Beyond is Beyond, Debacle, and Eiderdown. Now they stand ready to stun with a two LP set on the way from Feeding Tube that’s packed with their best burners yet. I’m happy to premiere the video for one of the set’s absolute standouts, “To See Darkness.” The track’s steeped in soul-scarred smolder, carrying weight of apocalyptic magnitude in its wounded fuzz leads. The duo’s interplay of fingerpicked runs and high-plains sonic pestilence is peaked and prowling on this track. Should the gods of the small screen ever get around to working out a cinematic vision of Jonathan Hickman’s East of West a wise seeker should tap the duo to soundtrack the menace of Death spreading across the salted plain.

The pair rightly accompany the cut with an austere video of them live in the room with just a somber backdrop of blue to buoy the track’s sonic slash. Captured by Eric Silver (photography) and Josh Johnson (sound) the clip shifts the focus to the power of the music without looking to flood the viewer with anything except the awe and menace the song rightly inspires on its own. The album set, Sun Cycle + Elk Jam, recorded by Jason Meagher at Black Dirt, is out April 12th on Feeding Tube, I’d feel inclined to mention how necessary these are, but I feel like that video might have just made my case for me.



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Elkhorn – “Lion”

Psych duo Elkhorn likely takes the cake and perhaps the whole bakery with their backstory on the upcoming Lionfish tape prepped for Eiderdown Records. This is undoubtedly the best set of longform jams inspired by and created while using an extracted version of lionfish venom you’re gonna hear. That said the eighteen plus minute opener “Lion” has all the hallmarks of some of the best psych folk. The track builds in slow, reportedly peaking musically at the same time the venom’s effect reaches its zenith. The pair weaves acoustic and electric guitars through verdant passages, echoing wet reverb from the electrics like damp stalactites dripping into pools below.

Even without any lysergic venom coursing through your veins the track is a high order psych ramble that proves the band is onto something. The ebb and flow of “Lion” provides and engrossing rabbit hole of tangled strings, liquid pluck and just a touch of scorch on the back half. If the other half of this tape is even a quarter as heady as this then it begs to be snapped up.



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