Thrill Jockey almost always guarantees interesting if not good albums, and Eternal Tapestry’s latest falls into the second category. Wild Strawberries was recorded in a lone cabin in the Oregon mountains, and nature’s loneliness echoes in the peacefully building tension that marks the double LP’s tracks.
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Featuring creation stories about sleeping under the stars, recording by the river and wading through the treeline, you’d better believe ‘Wild Strawberries’ is a trad hippie excursion, one about finding the space not only in music, but in the natural world. Eternal Tapestry recorded this monolithic psych jam with the hope that it would capture the spectrum of the environment around them, and so it is: the guitars screech like they’re hacking through endless forest of pines, and synth suggests the cosmic blue that looms over us all, protecting us from the wider universe.
For those who don’t buy into what Eternal Tapestry are selling, though, it’s more like this: ‘Wild Strawberries’ is an impressively disciplined psych record that stretches out rhythm for ten minutes at a time, swapping, in its massive riffs, between meditation and urgency. There’s lots to take in here: the slow, steady jams of this work recall Les Rallizes Denudes sans tectonic noise shifts, and they’re gorgeously counterbalanced with organ synth that implies the majesty of what the band are trying to do. It is, of course, a willfully serious psych record, believing in its devotion to the world and its ecosystems; there are stretches of ambience that use distortion like a natural fog, covering the vocals in the mix, as if they exist underground.
A lot of what makes ‘Wild Strawberries’ so good is ineffable; it’s about getting lost in these lethargically interlocking guitars and stoner drumbeats, and allowing Eternal Tapestry to do anything (mainly to their synths) in that repeating circle. I think we’ve all learned something today; let’s all move to the river and spend the rest of our days skinny dipping.
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