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Earth are back in action on Southern Lord. yes between sipping pints of methadone they manage to get it together to release records. The interesting thing about this incarnation of Dylan Carlson's ever-evolving project is the surprise added line up of guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Don McGreavy and Steve Moore from Zombi playing hammond organ and piano! I think 'The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull' is fantastic. It references the 'Hex' and 'Hibernaculam' albums yet it feels like there is a progression. An insight into the world of a visionary that takes his cues from old-time country guitarists while his contemporaries take cues from him. I mean Earth 2 spawned a whole generation and Sunn O)) were actually kind of an Earth tribute band. This is slow motion, doom country inspired by La Monte Young's minimal aesthetic but with a distinct sense of melody.
8/10 Evan Customer review, 1st July 2014
This is schweet! Earth, the geezers who do that drone stuff that you don't want your kids to listen to just in case the devil has decided to move on from making his rare cameo appearances in burning bush form and into lush guitar riffs instead. "The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull", the album you don't want you kids to listen to because the word "Skull" is being said outside of the context of a year 11 Biology lesson. And have you seen a picture of the bleedin' album! Horrific.
What I find quite wonderful about this album is not how soft it is nor how tame it is. What I love is how although the instrumentation mostly remains quite still and, dare I say it, tranquil, the feeling of impending doom, dread and freakout keep you on edge for the whole album. It's a great sound from such calm instrumentation which gives anything but a feeling of calm. I'd love to own this on vinyl just to see that vinyl glint eerily as it slowly spins, creepin' the hell out of me!
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