Posts Tagged ‘Thril Jockey’

Arbouretum – “Let It All In”

Arbouretum cross lines of country, psych, and folk on their new LP for Thrill Jockey — a position that they’ve long occupied, but while much of Let It All In graces the grander schemes of folk and only touches the psych shores, the title track makes its home there. The song, pushing well past the eleven-minute mark, works a nugget of groove into a gnarled, smoldering pile of riff and rumble. The track unfurls over the expanse of its timeframe, pushing into the kind of ribbon of groove that’s locked into a seance sweat and looking to work the rhythm section to the bone. Over a hammered lock-step beat the guitar grit of Dave Heumann finds its wings, stretching into the embrace of volume with little regard for where the winds might take him. The band’s been at it for some time, and at a point when many can write off a release as just another album in the chain, this alone proves that Arbouretum still have a nail to crush into the coffin of their contenders.




Support the artist. Buy it HERE.

0 Comments

Dommengang

Sophomore outing from blooze-psych unit Dommengang knuckles down into the parched settings of their new move West. With the aid The Fucking Champs’ Tim Greene, they’ve worked through a record that’s punching the same bruised flesh as Endless Boogie or Quest for Fire but shot through with a reverence for motorik chug and psych fray that begs some relevance to newer space rock fronters like Föllakzoid or indie heavies Black Mountain. Drummer Adam Bulgasem locks down the beat like an iron anchor, pulling the band’s whirlwind fray a bit closer to Earth, but he’s hard pressed to keep things from feeling a bit hairy. Dommengang pummels through a greasy set of bottom feeder bombast that stops only to wipe the sweat with a tender tone-down on the album’s title track.

Over the rest of the record the L.A. transplants shudder the ground with a steel-toed amp rumble that feels comfortable soundracking top-down, red line rips through the canyon in the creeping darkness of sundown. There’s a predatory quality, slinking and preening through the songs on Love Jail. They howl in the shadows and flicker like firelight in the distance. Their heat mostly burns barren and sinister though, not a welcoming refuge but a dangerous encampment to be skirted by those looking for purchase. Though, they flash a bit of underbelly on the aforementioned title track and creeping closer, “Stay Together.” This is a nice step forward from the band’s debut, not cracking the compass on new directions but keeping the line taut within their current tack.




Support the artist. Buy it HERE.

0 Comments