The Top 10 of 2009: Number Eight…

Nice.Yawning Sons‘ debut, Ceremony to the Sunset, was a special kind of release: namely the kind you don’t see coming. The collaboration between desert rock luminary Gary Arce of Yawning Man and UK instrumentalists Sons of Alpha Centauri — hence Yawning Sons — was released by small Australian label Lexicon Devil in the spring, though it wasn’t until the summer that I finally got my hands on a copy. It quickly became my go-to album for meditative listening.

I don’t even remember what it was, but just last week, I was driving around, pissed off about something (big change for me), and when it seemed like my frustration was going to culminate in ramming into one of the barriers on the Parkway, I put on Yawning Sons and all was well again. The soothingly psychedelic sounds never stop moving, but at any given moment, you feel held in place by the album. I can only hope it’s not a one-time-only project.

If you missed it, there’s a review here, and the record boasts guest spots from Fatso Jetson‘s Mario Lalli, Wendy Rae Fowler (Mark Lanegan Band) and Scott Reeder, whose multi-layer contribution to “Garden Sessions III” is the out-of-nowhere highlight of Ceremony to the Sunset. There were records I listened to more in 2009, but very few from which I was able to glean such a satisfying aural experience.

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