Wednesday, 6 March 2013
March The Desert - ST (album review)
The fuzzbox is the perfect musical representation of the desert. It's sizzling and prickly sound evokes images of the searing heat and cacti found therein. But there's a cool dampness to the affair that's difficult to put a finger on. The band moves equally through arid music and swamp sounds. Fuzz explodes from each second of 'March The Desert' like clouds of spores from some deadly Lovecraftian fungus trampled under heavy boot. Songs are linked by feedback and ringing or droning noises to create a run on effect from track to track as though there's no stopping the fuzz monster created by the band. It just keeps going, destroying all in its path, making for a solid listen from beginning to end.
The recording, mixing and mastering on the disc itself is on the dirty side of the ledger, giving the entire affair a loose if not sloppy feeling which perfectly suits the music and the guitar sound. This isn't sludge in the strictest definition of the term, but lovers of the filth will find a new favorite stoner band in March The Desert.
In many ways this is not your typical stoner album. It hits on many of the traditional staples of the genre and its associated subcategories, but it does them in a much different way. The album cover is a good indicator of this, the desert scene in cool colors is a strong visual representation of the band's musical approach. They take what's familiar and spin it in their own direction. Where one might expect sweat-stained psychedelic flights of desert rock, March The Desert delivers walls of sludgy sound. Where one might expect funky Brant Bjork style crash heavy grooves March The Desert delivers doomy open spaces and the odd (tastefully used) double kick.
March The Desert manage to craft an identifiable sound helped on this album, once again by its lo-fi production values. The sound of the desert at dusk. On these six tracks they use doom as a launching pad to blast into stratospheres of fuzz rock.
Highlights include: "Blind" and "Mizar"
Total Run Time: 34:36
Sam Grange - Vocals, Lyrics
James Thorne - Guitar, Music
Alastair Train - Bass
Hugh Gascoine - Drums
From: Brighton, East Sussex, UK
Genre: Stoner, Doom, Fuzz Rock, Psychedelic
Reminds me of: Blue Cheer, Green Shade, Sleep, Spacefog
Release Date: January 12, 2013
Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Slap a wig on a cactus and make sweet love to it.
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