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Earth’s fifth studio album sounds less like a hive of bees buzzing inside the skull of a lion and more like a band of giant mountain wizards playing heavy instrumental drone-rock to accompany the shifting of tectonic plates. The ending title-track is one of the most strangely beautiful compositions here — it starts with Eastern drones that give way to melodic arpeggios picked on the low strings of an electric guitar before slowly building on layers of noise while maintaining head-nodding tempos. Then, one-by-one, the sonic layers are reduced until we’re left with the opening drones. Six-string luminary Bill Frisell joins Earth on the first cut, “Omens and Portents I: The Driver,” a nine-minute epic that begins with a wah-wah pedal bending notes in slow motion over death-march rhythms. “Hung from the Moon” nicely contrasts doomy distortion with lilting piano.


Formed: 1990 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Earth's drone-heavy experimentation is largely the result of its one lasting member, guitarist Dylan Carlson. The band was originally formed in 1990 in Olympia, Washington by Carlson, Slim Moon (who later founded the Kill Rock Stars label), and Greg Babior. Moon and Babior left soon after and were replaced by Joe Preston. Earth played a few live shows and then recorded some material with Mike Lastra. After opening for L7 in Seattle, the group was approached by Sub Pop Records, which released the...
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