I felt that Earth’s AODDOL I was an immersive slice of epic-centric Americana, a dirt encrusted soundscape of loner proportions that told a million stories without artificial country-bred bravado or folk hero self-importance. It was as natural as a sunrise, its repetition and length almost a means for meditation. Dylan Carlson’s second act follows the same mood and swings the same axe, though you do wind up with a more exploratory variation on the theme. For the first two songs, drummer Adrienne Davies is mostly unheard aside from mild cymbal storms and some rattling in the background, “Sigil Of Brass” and “His Did Shine Brightly” both offering jamming opportunities for Carlson and cellist Lori Goldston. The repetition of Earth’s predecessor seems less prominent, though “Waltz (A Multiplicity of Doors)” revisits much of its pace, Davies’ patient hi-hat/kick drum/snare remarking heavily within the rugged guitar/bass combos and Goldston’s quivering bow.
Bassist Karl Blau thuds his way through “The Corascene Dog,” showcasing the low end to some extent, sturdy and consistent. “The Rakehell” deviates slightly, heightening the tempo and modernizing the dynamic. Riffs are sharper, the production more polished; a clarity heard where expanse had before so thoroughly put across an endlessness to Earth’s sound. “Get High” turns to “Sober Up,” the meditative state fading away, though the onset of reality through their music doesn’t sound any less beautiful.
Genre: Rock / Atmospheric/Sludge
Label: Southern Lord Recordings
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- Sigil of Brass — 3:32
- His Teeth Did Brightly Shine — 9:00
- Waltz (A Multiplicity of Doors) — 13:04
- The Corascene Dog — 8:26
- The Rakehell — 12:12