Jeffrey Alexander and the Heavy Lidders – “Carousel of Flowers”


I first heard Jeffrey talking excitedly about this iteration of The Heavy Lidders last fall. At the time the core of the Lidders, Jesse and Drew of Elkhorn and Scott Verrastro (Kohoutek) had been playing for a year. When the band stormed the RSTB 13th anniversary the previous year they were thick in a blues exhaust burn, but this was something new. The “Spoonful”-singe of the early days will get its due on record soon too, but as Alexander explained that day, this was a departure from some of the psychedelic specter that Dire Wolves often drew on. The new Lidders was something that skewed towards the wiry, thick-veined Americana that began with Neil and Crazy Horse and found itself ingrained in Meat Puppets’s Up On The Sun, Volcano Suns’ Thing of Beauty, and Screaming Trees’ Buzz Factory. “Carousel of Flowers” lays into the loose leather sling of ‘80s indie Americana, but never settles for the rut, instead letting vibraphone shimmers and Alexander’s spot-on Neil drawl shade this track with an intangible aura.

The record features some excellent contributions from RSTB faves like Marissa Nadler, Rosali Middleman, Pat Gubler, and Ryan Jewell. The eponymous LP arrives August 6th from Arrowhawk Records.

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