Thursday, May 27, 2010

I can’t remember where I first heard about Lesbian (capital L), the spacey doom band from Seattle, and I kind of like it that way. Foggy. Hazy. Unclear. “Huhhh?” Lesbian’s music’s been released by the excellent Holy Mountain label, known for telling the world about bands like Om, Six Organs of Admittance, Wooden Shjips, Lords of Falconry, Country Teasers, Blues Control and a ton more of the grey area masters. Bands seemingly living in a different, parallel time, unconcerned with what sort of currency their sounds hold with any kind of commercial audience, but so focused on those sounds that it’s hard not to be completely enveloped by the stuff. It’s murky, evokes the feeling of being somewhere like a rainforest on the slopes of Mt. Rainier, and isn’t in a hurry to do much of anything. Speaking of hurrying, Lesbian are in no rush to dump out releases. According to their Encyclopedia Metallum entry, they’ve just got 3 official releases. A night with Lesbian is a smoky, riffy, loud deal. A bludgeoning deal, with equal parts space and wonder.

Here’s what Aquarius Records has to say: "Definitely another 'heavy' winner from the eccentric Holy Mountain label, fresh from their successes with the likes of Om and Mammatus, two other question-mark-metal bands with heady, hypnotic abilities. Their thoat-torn vocals and the weighty riffage argue for Lesbian's status as metallers, while the many passages of quiet blissfulness reveal a surprisingly sensitive side, just as emotionally effective, each opposed aspect of their music enhancing the power and beauty of the other via Lesbian's devastating dynamics and psychedelic synergy. Recommended!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Holy Mountain is awesome. Lesbian is a great selection!