Evening fellow music fans. This week, to make up for my absence, I have a double-whammy band of the week feature.
I present to you, the intense, psychotropic audiovisual brainmash that is: Darsombra. Over at The Sleeping Shaman, I recently reviewed ‘Climax Community’, their latest record out now on Exile on Mainstream Records…
“With a unique sonic blueprint that is equal parts experimental, psychedelia, krautrock and drone, Darsombra achieve the sheer transcendence and intensity that most drone acts can only dream of with an enviable effortlessness. Though Darsombra as an entity is an audiovisual collaboration with visual artist Ann Everton, the music itself is entirely the work of grizzled axeman Brian Daniloski (of Maryland sludge vagabonds Meatjack).
‘Climax Community’ marks the project’s third full-length, but where previous work has centred on creating more earthen, paranoia-inducing compositions, here Daniloski instead aims skyward, reaching for a celestial warmth, while skilfully implying a myriad of other textures and emotions en route. All this is divided into two REALLY long tracks, punctuated by a four-minute interlude.”
Read more here: The Sleeping Shaman - Darsombra ‘Climax Community’ CD/LP/DD 2012.
The gist is, they are one hell of a good trip. Here’s a taster of Climax Community:
On a slightly different wavelength, fans of Earthless will be familiar with Isaiah Mitchell‘s fluid and often moving guitar work. His latest project takes on a slightly different guise, offering up an eclectic, colourful and driving take on rock’n'roll… Golden Void. Their first full-length isn’t out til’ November, but I have been lucky enough to hear almost all of that record – and I can say with certainty, this is one addictive, heavy beast.
Lead single ‘The Curve’ somehow rides a swell somewhere between Graveyard‘s retro-worship, Liturgy‘s (provocatively clean) razor-sharp tremolo leads, and Mitchell’s previous blues-inspired work (never thought I’d put those in the same sentence…).
Their self-titled first record is due November 12th on Thrill Jockey Records.