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REFLECTIONS OF A FLOATING WORLD

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Format: 2xLPs
Cata No: PSYCHOBABBLE091
Barcode: 4046661509311
Format: CD
Cata No: PSYCHOBABBLE091CD
Barcode: 4046661509229
Band members and friends Nick DiSalvo, Jack
Donovan and Matt Coutoalready dismissed any last
remains of stoner metal stereotypes on Lore (2015).
Their current album, which was written following the
long and acclaimed Lore tour in moments of intense
creativity, is a journey into prog rock and
psychedelic worlds. Six monumental songs, huge in
sound, each of them their own cosmic expedition. What
begins as driving mid-tempo rock filled with heavy
guitar riffs repeatedly erupts into melodic tangents
and clever variations. The high demands that
DiSalvo places on his own songwriting seem to become
more unfettered from minute to minute – as does the
pleasure of listening to him. Guest musicians Michael
Samos and Mike Risberg have added additional guitars,
pedal steel and keyboards to the trio, making Elder’s
sound more voluminous than ever, and the influences
found here range from 70s prog dinosaurs such as
Yes, King Crimson or Pink Floyd to their kindred
spirits Motorpsycho or legendary 90’s band, the
God Machine. And it is of course a cliché, but Elder
bring their own organism to life from all these
influences.
Elder already strike out on their chosen path on
the album opener “Sanctuary”. What begins as a
trademark stoner song turns on its own axis several
times at minute four, morphing into lyrical polyphonic
pickings and using a Mellotron to sweet-talk its way to
an unfathomable and brutal finale. “The Falling Veil”
moves between Thin Lizzy with palpitations and
Motorpsycho (era “Heavy Metal Fruit”). Those who
think of Kyuss during “Staving off Truth” won’t be able
to hold that thought the entire 11 minutes of the song.
And as hymn-like as the riffs can be, the band never
settles down to one part for longer than two minutes.
But at the same time, the songs never lose their
coherence, because all parts are logically woven into one
another. And it could be that “Sonntag”, a detour into
the Krautrock motor functions of Neu!, most clearly
shows the limitless cosmic ambitions of Elder.
This album is of epic proportions and fans of
the likes of Russian Circles, Ocean Size, 65 Days
of Static, Kyuss, the aforementioned Motorpsycho
and The God Machine will find much to love here.

Tracks:

01. Sanctuary
02. The Falling Veil
03. Staving Off Truth
04. Blind
05. Sonntag
06. Thousand Hands

Press:

'Album of the week' Stereogum

 

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