Conquistador is the debut solo album from Dylan Carson. He was a founding member of Sub Pop drone metal band, Earth and will probably forever be known as the man who gave Kurt the gun. Carson says that the album soundtracks an imaginary western. Throughout he shows his ability to create powerful widescreen sounds, but also shows his deftness at knowing when space and quiet are the right sounds. LP and CD on Sargent Horse.
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Have you ever been in a Western-style quick draw? No, neither have I. But, have I got the intro to a record, for you should you wish to experience being in a Western-style quick draw! This is the debut solo release from Dylan Carlson, a founding member of the metal band Earth. It's pretty much as you'd expect really. If I were to write a mathematical equation for this record it would be as follows: (drone + guitars) x Western-style quick draw.
Like Earth, the record is more of the same metal and country 'doom' music. It's good, but it is a bit overly repetitive. However, track three, called 'And then the Crows Descended', breaks this cycle. It's not a very long track at all, but it's the perfect mid-way to break up the various drone guitars. From here on out, the record gets better. It's much more structured and it's much more listenable. The first two tracks tended to just be, almost, laborious to listen to. There's only so much of exactly the same repeating sound that I can listen to, and I certainly can't listen to a full thirteen minutes of it. Now, this might just be something that irritates me. If you enjoy this heading-nodding repetitiveness, then the chances are you'll really like this record. Credit where credit's due. Carlson is a brilliant guitarist, and I'm not trying to take away from that, but this isn't for me. It's minimalism and it's a little *too* post-rock.
In sum, tracks one and two: no.
Tracks three, four and five: yes.
This is, of course, entirely subjective. Bare in mind that the smallest thing can impact my mood when listening to music. For example, it is coming up to dinner time here in sunny Leeds, and I am hungry. Could this potentially alter my mood? Yes. All said, the Western theme is really cool and Conquistador is definitely worth a listen. But, I think I'm just going to stick with his original outfit, Earth. Now they are f****** cool.
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