Wrapping up #VinylDay2017

Posted in Features on July 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Grooves and platters galore. My motivation behind doing Vinyl Day 2017 was simple: I felt like listening to records and sharing that process. It was kind of an off-the-cuff thing. Just an idea I had and ran with it. I figure it doesn’t need to be anything more than that, right? Isn’t putting on an album its own excuse for putting on an album? I tend to think so.

And yeah, I made it a hashtag. Because it’s the future, and hashtags. Instagrammaphone and whatnot. I’m a novice at best when it comes to the social medias, but it seems to me that if you’re going to share a full day’s worth of what you’re listening to, that’s the way to do it. So that’s what I did. If I clogged up your feed or whatever and it pissed you off, sorry.

For anyone who might’ve missed it, it turned out to be nine records of various sorts. Here they are, complete with accompanying audio when I could get it, because it’s the age of instant gratification:

There you have it. Had to be Sleep to end it. Pretty awesome day of music on the whole, and whatever was on your playlist yesterday, if it was this stuff or anything else, I hope you enjoyed. I’m gonna call Vinyl Day 2017 a definite win. Thanks for reading.

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Slough Feg Announce The New Organon Recording; Re-Sign to Cruz del Sur

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 20th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Maybe that’s just how long a Slough Feg record takes to absorb, but it’s kind of surprising to think it’s been three years since the perennial San Fran-based NWOBHM-via-Celtic-folk-via-classic-rock-via-you-don’t-know-what-the-hell-to-call-it-so-just-call-it-progressive outfit released Digital Resistance (review here). That album was their ninth as well as their debut release for Metal Blade Records, and along with the news that the Mike Scalzi-led troupe either will begin or have begun this month to record their 10th long-player, to be titled The New Organon, comes word that said offering will be issued via Cruz del Sur, with whom the band was previously signed for three highlight LPs between 2005 and 2009.

Too strange for the bigger imprint to know what to do with? Possible. Or possible it was just a one record deal. In any case, it was four years from 2010’s The Animal Spirits (review here), which was released by Profound Lore, to Digital Resistance, so even if The New Organon doesn’t show up until 2018, that would at least be on pace. Good food takes time, even if you don’t realize time has passed.

From the PR wire:

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SLOUGH FEG Rejoins CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC

San Francisco true metal troubadours SLOUGH FEG have rejoined Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music, the label behind the band’s heralded “Atavism” (2005), “Hardworlder” (2007) and “Ape Uprising!” (2009) albums.

Comments vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi: “We are happy to announce that we are back with Cruz Del Sur Music and will begin recording a new album in July! We believe that a smaller ’boutique’ label such as Cruz Del Sur is appropriate for our sound, fanbase and work ethic, and look forward to working with Enrico [Leccese] and company again.”

“I am extremely excited to have SLOUGH FEG back on Cruz Del Sur!” says Leccese. “It is always nice when bands you like track you down. It’s even more special when it’s someone you’ve worked with for about ten years and established a friendly relationship. It’s a recognition that we were doing something right in the past. I can’t wait to hear the new album and share it with the metal world.”

Continues Scalzi: “The new album will be called ‘The New Organon’, and the songs are somewhat of a return to the heavier side of our sound: more rustic, heavy, churning, medieval/Celtic and proggy sounding riffs, as opposed to the more ’70s rock sounds of more recent albums. But don’t worry: there will be a couple of rockers as well! We will also have some newer, experimental songwriting styles, mixing heavy rock and metal with the melodic sounds of ’50s and ’60s pop. Imagine DEL SHANNON singing for BLUE CHEER! After all, it wouldn’t be a SLOUGH FEG album without some bizarre surprises!

So, journey we more into the vaults of the Voi-vaudevillian…the Epic-cure for all Epicurean Angst and Ennui. The Celtic cacophony continues!”

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Slough Feg, Live at Muskelrock 2016

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Carlton Melton to Release Hidden Lights EP Aug. 25; New Video Posted

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 26th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Don’t sweat it if you see something waving in the distance — that’s just the collective freak-flag representing the right-on psychedelia proffered by San Francisco trio Carlton Melton. The improv-specialist instrumental three-piece have a new three-song EP titled Hidden Lights due Aug. 25 from Agitated Records that’ll be released on limited vinyl and “unlimited download” — I like that — as the follow-up to their 2015 outing, Out to Sea. They have a new video for the title-track streaming now.

The PR wire has it like this:

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CARLTON MELTON announce new EP ‘Hidden Lights’ on Agitated Records & share title track video

Artist: Carlton Melton
Title: Hidden Lights
Label: Agitated Records
Format: 12″ / DL

Release date: 18th August ’17

San Francisco tripmakers-supreme Carlton Melton return with a new 25 minute-plus three track 12″ EP for Agitated Records, their first release since their widely received 2LP “Out To Sea” in 2015 and, indeed the accompanying 2016 RSD “Aground” 12″ release.

Hidden Lights is the first missive from recent recordings undertaken once again at El Studio with the watchful engineering and collaboratory help of Phil Manley (Trans AM / Lifecoach / Fucking Champs). Phil throws in some slinky guitar moves that help make the Carlton Melton Magick Karpet soar… John McBain (Evil Acidhead /Monster Magnet /Wellwater Conspiracy ) also guests on keyboards, and has once again mastered the ’Melton’s sike-adelic-drone to perfection.

The band CARLTON MELTON formed along the Mendocino County coastline in Northern California on the weekend of July 17th, 2008. The idea to play live, loud, improvised, experimental, instrumental, psychedelic music in a geodesic dome had been discussed for many years prior to this date. The opportunity came to fruition after the dome was completely rebuilt and the acoustic sounds inside were fully realized.

It is understood this music is not for everyone. If you prefer top-notch, modern day production and crafty songwriting you may want to stop here. If you prefer old SST label cassette tapes or an early Spaceman 3 cassette you recently found wedged in the back seat of your car you may dig some of this… or perhaps you like to listen and gaze at an old David Crosby LP now and then. 

Released on 500 12″’s or unlimited DL!!!

Take a trip to the hidden lights… immerse…

Tracklist
01. Rememory
02. The Warbler
03. Hidden Lights

Carlton Melton:
Andy Duvall
Rich Millman
Clint Golden

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Carlton Melton, “Hidden Lights” official video

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Acid King Announce European Tour Starting July 15

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 19th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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I’m not usually the type to call bands legends, but I’ll make an exception in the case of Acid King, because that’s how fucking awesome I think they are. The San Francisco three-piece have been very casually added to summer fests like SonicBlast Moledo 2017, Stoned from the Underground 2017, Red Smoke and Lake on Fire 2017 over the last couple months, and they’ve now announced the string of tour dates that will tie all of those appearances and others together. Running from July 15 through Aug. 12, and appropriately enough starting at one fest and ending at another, the stint features some significant back and forth — Germany to Poland to Germany? Germany to Italy to Belgium to Austria to Germany to Israel to Portugal? — but looks like it will be a killer time all the way around as the riff legends continue to support their 2015 album Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere (review here), which remains a cause well worth heralding.

Note that Acid King have a new lineup, with bassist Rafa Martinez (also Black Cobra) and drummer Bil Bowman (also Hornss) stepping in for the longtime rhythm section of Mark Lamb and Joey Osbourne. Note also the appearance at The Black Heart in London. What I wouldn’t give to see Acid King in that venue. Hell, looking at this entire run has my newly-unemployed, baby-on-the-way ass daydreaming about following the band on the road for the duration and writing a book about the experience. That would be fun.

Look at these dates and see if you don’t agree:acid king tour poster

Acid King 2017 European Tour Dates Announced

Acid King live:
15.07 Erfurt DE Stoned from the Underground
16.07 Pleszew PL Red Smoke Festival
17.07 Hamburg DE Hafenklang
18.07 Helsinki FI Linja
19.07 St. Petersburg RU MOD
22.07 Oslo NO John Dee
24.07 Utrecht NL DB’s
25.07 Bristol UK Louisiana
26.07 Glasgow UK Audio
27.07 London UK The Black Heart
28.07 Tilburg NL Little Devil
29.07 Liege BE Le Hangar
30.07 Paris FR Glazart
31.07 Munich DE Backstage
01.08 Milan IT Magnolia
03.08 Siegen DE Vortex
04.08 Waarshoot BE Roadkill Festival
05.08 Waldhausen AT Lake on Fire Festival
07.08 Vienna AT Arena
08.08 Berlin DE Lide w/ Boris
09.08 Osnabrück DE Bastard Club
10.09 Tel Aviv IS Barby Club
12.08 Moledo PT SonicBlast Moledo

Acid King is:
Lori S. – Guitar & Vocals
Rafa Martinez – Bass
Bil Bowman – Drums

www.facebook.com/AcidkingSF
www.acidking.com

Acid King, Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere (2015)

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Turn Me on Dead Man Sign to Heavy Psych Sounds

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 16th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Italian imprint Heavy Psych Sounds sends word of an allegiance with San Francisco psych weirdos Turn Me on Dead Man. This comes only days after the label picked up The Lords of Altamont and continues a focus on signing West Coast US bands that has also seen them snagging the likes of Banquet, Farflung, The Freeks, Fatso Jetson, Glitter Wizard, and Cosmic Wheels, among others. No word yet on when Turn Me on Dead Man might make their debut through the label, but the band released their latest album, Heavymetal Mothership, in Dec. 2016, so it seems entirely possible they might start with a reissue of that before moving forward. Just speculation on my part, but plausible enough.

More on that as I hear it. The announcement of the signing came through the PR wire:

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Heavy Psych Sounds Records & Booking presents: TURN ME ON DEAD MAN new signing

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records & Booking is really proud to welcome in the HPS family the Heavy Psychedelic-Space-Metalz masters

TMODM are an heavydelic space rock band from San Francisco. Turn Me On Dead Man combines Heavy Metal and Psychedelia to forge a music that is both transcending and unforgettable. The songwriting plunges listeners into the heavydelic landscapes of 60’s experimentalism and 70’s bombast, creating a disc that is enthralling, imaginative, hugely entertaining, and incredibly hard rocking!

The group have been creating their unique brand of lysergic-soaked rock since their inception in 2000, gigging extensively throughout the San Francisco bay area and garnering praise from all over their home turf and the country, spurred on by heavy rotation at the influential WFMU station in New Jersey. Alternative Tentacles founder Jello Biafra was suitably impressed by the band’s spaced-out, glammed-up, turned-up brand of audio mayhem enough to re-release their first epic record, “God Bless the Electric Freak” on A.T.!

Live, Turn Me On Dead Man is a spectacle of epic proportions; a visceral sonic boom that spans the spectrum from the meanest, most gorgeous anthems of rock to the exotic ragas of modern psych, creating an explosive and diverse stage performance as energetic as it is uncommon. Simply put, Turn Me On Dead Man plays Heavy Crush Bliss Rock breaking the sound barrier on their own private Lear Jet headed straight to HELL!

The bands twin guitar harmonization, melodic rhythmic switchbacks and trippy apocalypto- mystical lyricism keep California’s psychedelic rock tradition alive

“Mind melt music for the sick and twisted, heavydelic super rock for the ultimate freak out”

HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Records quote:
It’s almost two years we are dealing with the band, and finally we reached the point.
TMODM is finally part of the HPS Records family!!
Their sound and attitude reflect a lot which is the label target in terms or Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock and Heavy Rockness

Turn Me on Dead Man:
Mykill ZIggy: Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizers, Bass, Phasers and Lasers
Nick Doom: Guitars and Music Theory
Christopher Melville Lyman: Drums, Percussion, and Vocals
Attis Ngo: Bass, Keyboards

https://www.facebook.com/TurnMeOnDeadManSF/
https://www.instagram.com/turn_me_on_dead_man/
https://tmodm.bandcamp.com/
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www.heavypsychsounds.com

Turn Me on Dead Man, Haters, Space Invaders, and Clones (2015)

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War Cloud Announce June West Coast Weekender

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 9th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

It would seem that Oakland four-piece War Cloud have spent the last year or so since the release of their most recent single getting various ducks in a row. The band has newly announced that they’re going to be working with Hi-Wattage Booking for touring — the implication being, you know, that touring will happen — and though more studio material has yet to surface following 2016’s “Vulture City” (posted here), they’ve been playing local shows in the Bay Area, sharing the stage earlier this year with Swedish fuzz mavens Truckfighters and pairing up this month with the esteemed Slough Feg for what’s sure to be a riotous good time for any fortunate rockers, boozers and headbangers who happen to be in the vicinity. My understanding is there are plenty, so all the better.

Next month, the band — which also now includes Carson Binx of Wild Eyes SF on bass — will head north for a couple shows in Oregon and one in Seattle, keeping good company along the way. Check it out:

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We are stoked to announce that Hi-Wattage Booking has taken us under their wing! The upcoming north west run will be the first of many so keep your eyes open for more dates!

MAY 19 TNL Slough Feg/ War Cloud/ War Child SF Eagle San Francisco, CA
JUN 2 Oort Cloud, War Cloud, Ice Kream Social Old Nick’s Pub Eugene OR
JUN 3 Pushy/ Moodrake/ War Cloud/ Disastroid Twilight Cafe and Bar Portland, OR
JUN 4 Infinite FLUX with War Cloud & The Grindylow Substation Seattle, WA

Erupting in 2014, out of Oakland, California, War Cloud has been on a steady path of shredding Northern Californian ear drums. Founded by Alex Wein (vocals, guitars), who hails from Baltimore MD, he wasted zero time in recruiting area musicians after firmly planting his amps in the Bay Area. Looking to create an aural ash cloud of volcanic rock, Alex solidified this four- man crew with two Bay Area natives Joaquin Ridgell (drums) and Tony Campos (guitar), and secured the low end with Toronto transplant Carson Binx on bass.

War Cloud is a young band but far from wide-eyed innocents. Their musical history drenched in molten riffs across the timeline of heavy metal, the name alone originates from a Wicked Lady song of the same title. With roots encompassing Tony’s tenure in San Francisco’s heavy thrash tinged Hell Fire, Carson’s melding of hard rock rhythm and old-school groove on bass, and Joaquin pounding his drums as if possessed by the ghost of John Bonham himself. War Cloud has created a new flavor of heavy rock music for those enjoying past meals served up by the likes of Pentagram, UFO, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath.

This is modern metal sophistication dipped deep in ‘70’s heavy fuzz rock.

War Cloud is:
Alex Wein – Vocals/Guitar
Tony Campos – Guitar/Vocals
Carson Binx – Bass
Joaquin Ridgell – Drums/Vocals

https://www.facebook.com/warcloudiscoming/
https://www.instagram.com/WarCloudRock/
http://warcloud.bigcartel.com/
http://warcloudiscoming.bandcamp.com/track/vulture-city

War Cloud, “Divide and Conquer” live at The Chapel, San Francisco, July 16, 2016

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Six Organs of Admittance Touring Europe in June

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 5th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Cool that Ben Chasny is heading abroad once more with Six Organs of Admittance, but the reason I’m really glad to run into the news below is that it’s given me an excuse to put on earlier 2017’s Burning the Threshold (review here) this afternoon. One tries to listen to an artist when writing about them — seems the least I can do, most of the time — and the chillout of “Things as They Are” and “Adoration Song,” for which you can also see the recently-unveiled video at the bottom of this post, are just about right for where my head’s at, and more to the point where it needs to be, at the moment. So yeah, the timing is nice.

I missed Chasny coming through to support the album at the start of April, like I’ve missed pretty much everybody coming through for every reason for the last year-plus, but if you’re in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium or France, you should still go check out his show. I’ve seen him with a full band and I’ve seen him (mostly) on his own, and both are a great way to spend an eevning.

From the PR wire:

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Six Organs Of Admittance announce European spring/summer tour

The threshold continues to smolder as Six Organs of Admittance keep the flame. Burning the Threshold, released in February, sees Ben Chasny’s cyclical resurgence of acoustic guitar love. The Burning The Threshold tour is preparing to leap continents, as Six Organs of Admittance announce its European spring and summer tour. Solo acoustic guitar from a bona fide wizard of the six string, the shows are as follows…

TOUR DATES
5 JUNE – NL, UTRECHT – LE GUESS WHO @ CULTURAL SUNDAY
6 JUNE – NL, HAARLEM – PATRONAAT
7 JUNE – NL, TILBURG – SOUNDS (RECORD STORE)
8 JUNE – BE, BRUSSELS – BOTANIQUE – WITLOOF BAR
9 JUNE – FR, LILLE – CENTRE CULTUREL DE LESQUIN
10 JUNE – FR, PARIS – TBC
11 JUNE – UK, BRIGHTON – KOMEDIA
14 JUNE – UK, NEWCASTLE – THE CLUNY
15 JUNE – UK, LEEDS – BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
16 JUNE – UK, EDINBURGH – SUMMERHALL
21 JUNE – UK, LONDON – MOTH CLUB

Chasny is currently holed up in a Cleveland, OH castle scoring music for Things As They Are, David Todd’s play about Wallace Stevens (a Six O inspiration), which runs this month at the Reinberger Auditorum. Immediately following is when 6OOA propels towards across the Atlantic – everyone in the UK, Netherlands, France and Belgium, prepare to embrace Six Organs with open arms, like the comet that will surely save us all.

Additionally, on a recent trip to London for the exclusive release show for Burning The Threshold, Chasny took his acoustic guitar on a little detour over to Maida Vale Studios for an improvised recording session for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction Session, with sitar player Baluji Shrivastav and drummer Steve Noble. The whole thing was recorded and mixed in one day, and it’s supremely beautiful.

Finally, we invite all to enjoy the first music video and third single from Burning The Threshold, “Adoration Song” which enervates and elevates ones mind with images of the raw majesty of nature and haunting reminders of the unknowable. Directed by Elisa Ambrogio, the sun hangs over the moss and lichen, the cliffs and sandy shores of wintery northern California. Ben’s melody and lyrics work as layers with the sharp focus and gauzy allegorical bent of the video, which features Ben as elephant man, a remote wanderer fearful of the world around him, until he removes his sheath, obtains the third eye and rises up, to become a part of the natural world, moving forward with two sets of footprints in the sand behind him.

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Six Organs of Admittance, “Adoration Song” official video

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Review & Track Premiere: Brume, Rooster

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream the premiere of ‘Reckon’ by Brume. Their debut album, Rooster, is out April 20 on DHU Records and Doom Stew Records ahead of a UK tour (info here) including a stop at Desertfest London 2017.]

A dense fog comes to rest over the 51 minutes of Brume‘s Rooster. By the end of the 10-minute opening track, it has settled in despite — or perhaps because of — the pervasive thrust the San Francisco trio have conjured, and it remains a factor for the six-track duration. Fortunately, the three-piece of bassist/vocalist Susie McMullin, guitarist Jamie McCathie and drummer Jordan Perkins-Lewis chose the most capable of navigators, Billy Anderson (NeurosisMelvinsAcid KingSleep, need I go on?), to help guide them forward. Rooster, issued through Perkins-Lewis‘ own Doom Stew Records on CD, tape and download with vinyl forthcoming from DHU Records, winds up not so much getting lost in this fog as inhaling it, plugging in, and riffing out with marked force, thickness and presence.

Their 2015 debut EP, Donkey, was a showcase of promise, and Rooster is a longer one, but in stepping forward to give their building audience a first real chance to take in the scope of what Brume — who got together in 2014 — can and will be as a band, they do not flub the opportunity. With longer pieces “Grit and Pearls” (10:06) and “Tradewind” (11:48) as bookends at the outset and finish, the fervent plod of “Harold” (7:30), “Reckon” (9:13) and the rolling “Call the Serpent’s Bluff” (9:29) between, as well as the penultimate acoustic-based “Welter” (2:55) leading into the closer, Rooster realizes the potential of the prior EP and moves forward with it, successfully melding together influences into what Perkins-Lewis might call a “doom stew” of their own recipe.

For those new to the band, with the airy, soulful melodicism of McMullin‘s voice echoing spaciously over the molasses riffery, one might hear them at first as spiritual successors to the recently-defunct Uzala, but the turns of “Grit and Pearls” immediately widen this impression with rhythmic stops drawn from the post-YOB sphere of cosmic doom and Mike Scheidt‘s particular style of angularity. The key, though, is immersion. By the time “Grit and Pearls” has finished its 10-minute course, shifting from vast plod into quiet atmospherics and back through the faster ending that’s the source of the YOB comparison above, they’ve managed to hook the listener with a repetitive nodding groove. Their sense of pacing and willingness to vary tempos emerges as something of a theme throughout, but Rooster never becomes more monotonous than it wants to be. Monolithic, perhaps.

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“Harold” begins by teasing the lighter strum-and-pluck that “Welter” will later bring before crashing in at full weight and unfolding its first ethereal verse, slower and more doomed than “Grit and Pearls” before it — I keep hearing early Cathedral in McCathie‘s guitar progression, but I can’t place it exactly — and they settle into a consuming roll as they move past the halfway point, the last minute of the song being the real point of departure as the central rhythm gives way to feedback and ambient noise with Perkins-Lewis‘ drums behind, a grueling end that perfectly sets up the doom-gone-TwinPeaks-barroom-blues launch of “Reckon.” The third of Rooster‘s six cuts fascinates conceptually as McMullin plays off the country music trope of the cowgirl singing the tale of meeting a mysterious stranger, but instead of a sharp-eyed, all-chin guy on horseback, he’s got a beard and rides a beat-up motorcycle. Nonetheless, the vibe that results makes “Reckon” a standout, as does its more prevalent hook and open-feeling, drum-and-chanting midsection break that swells to an apex with a layered-over guitar lead that recalls “Grit and Pearls” in its intent without necessarily retreading what’s already been done.

It seems likely that “Call the Serpent’s Bluff” will mark the start of the vinyl’s side B after “Reckon” finishes the album’s longer-by-two-minutes side A, and that break between the two songs feels somewhat essential as a factor in the flow throughout Rooster as a whole. That is, the effect of Perkins-Lewis‘ drums returning to start “Call the Serpent’s Bluff” is best experienced with the breath-catching moment provided to the listener by flipping a record. Even the digital version of “Reckon” has a couple seconds of silence at the end, and that feels very much on purpose and very correct. When it gets going, with the rumble of McMullin‘s bass and feedback from McCathie‘s guitar soon enough joining the tom runs to draw the listener into the patient groove, “Call the Serpent’s Bluff” swirls out hypnotic, doomedelic nod, an early lead giving way to more insistent pulse before spacious vocal melody transitions into slower riffing, a quiet introduction of the back-half hook and build back to the crawling, crashing finish recitations, ending with the vocals as a standalone element. That subtle moment of minimalism makes an effective transition into “Welter”; the shortest cut and starkest contrast to its surroundings, sonically if not in overall mood.

Backed by acoustic strum, McMullin echoes the bluesier feel of “Reckon” in another context, surrounded by a flourish of keys for a neofolkish stretch one might relate to Windhand but that serves all the same to further widen the breadth of Rooster ahead of “Tradewind,” which comes to life slowly over likewise quiet strum and cymbal wash before the full heft arrives at around two and a half minutes in to commence a series of loud/quiet tradeoffs that once again find Brume working in a varied structural context even as they reinforce the brooding feel of the record as a whole and offer one last deceptively catchy chorus. The nature of their craft, with a focus on longer songs meting out grueling and at times otherworldly doom, doesn’t necessarily lend itself toward the expectation of hooks, but Brume have a few throughout Rooster, as “Tradewind” duly reminds, and that seems an avenue where the trio might continue to grow as they take the lessons of their debut forward into whatever might come next. Along with the cohesive ambience and fluidity of their presentation on the whole, this underlying foundation of songwriting gives them another tradition to make their own as they begin to do in these tracks.

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