CD £13.49 LORD128
CD on Southern Lord.
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Limited Vinyl Double LP £23.49 LORD128LP
Limited 180g double LP with etching on Southern Lord.
Earth are one of those bands who have had a long an distinguished career without having the good fortune to regularly pass by my sumptuous ears. About a year ago I heard one song by them which earnt itself repeated plays on my battered old gramophone. This new LP is almost exactly what I would expect given that first encounter, comprising of five long lonely pieces of music where guitars twang above low end hum and drums thunder along. Each drifty instrumental piece is cinematic and desert like in atmosphere and to me most recalls gorgeous 90's soundscapers Pell Mell as played at 16 rpm. Dylan Carson certainly knows how to wrestle a variety of beautiful tones from his guitar without ever resorting to axe pyrotechnics, a low end cello wanders around providing a neat contrast. Reading the back history of this band they seem to fall into the drone, doom metal category but listening to albums like this, the likes of Dirty Three would be more accurate comparison. If you want to know how this fits into their back catalogue well you'd better ask someone else but taken on its own terms this is a beautiful, slowly unfurling, unhurried record of cinematic grace.
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