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EDITORS’ NOTES

Although the three-song track listing might suggest that Ancestors’ 2011 release is an EP, these elongated jams total a half-hour of music, making Invisible White play more like a mini-album. If there were ever such a genre as doom-metal shoegazing, this Los Angeles quintet would be its pioneer. Here, the opening title track is trimmed with folkier accouterments like violin, acoustic guitar, and piano. But little by little, these natural tones are nicely balanced with Mellotron, electric guitar distortion, Moog, and a sublime rhythm section that transform the song into something that sounds like an outtake from Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” session for the 1971 album Meddle. The demure vocal takes here even recall a young David Gilmour. The following song, “Dust,” is similarly Floydian, but it blends the lumbering majesty of the Gilmour era with psychedelic textures that have more in common with what Syd Barrett was doing. Ancestors reward patient listeners with the grandiose 14-minute closer “Epilogue,” which fuses heady '60s-style acid-rock jamming with '90s noise rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although the three-song track listing might suggest that Ancestors’ 2011 release is an EP, these elongated jams total a half-hour of music, making Invisible White play more like a mini-album. If there were ever such a genre as doom-metal shoegazing, this Los Angeles quintet would be its pioneer. Here, the opening title track is trimmed with folkier accouterments like violin, acoustic guitar, and piano. But little by little, these natural tones are nicely balanced with Mellotron, electric guitar distortion, Moog, and a sublime rhythm section that transform the song into something that sounds like an outtake from Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” session for the 1971 album Meddle. The demure vocal takes here even recall a young David Gilmour. The following song, “Dust,” is similarly Floydian, but it blends the lumbering majesty of the Gilmour era with psychedelic textures that have more in common with what Syd Barrett was doing. Ancestors reward patient listeners with the grandiose 14-minute closer “Epilogue,” which fuses heady '60s-style acid-rock jamming with '90s noise rock.

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About Ancestors

L.A.'s suitably named Ancestors are conversant with all manner of "classic" hard rock and heavy metal influences, ranging from the primordial doom of Black Sabbath, to the futuristic space rock of Hawkwind, and the progressive mindset of King Crimson -- all of which are then sprinkled with additional styles (stoner, Kraut, psych-rock, etc.) to produce epic-sized musical suites, instead of conventionally brief songs. After founding the group in 2006, bandmembers Justin Maranga (guitar, vocals), Nick Long (bass, vocals), Chico Foley (electronics, vocals), J. Christopher Watkins (organ, vocals), and Brandon Pierce (drums and gong) spent months experimenting with all of these elements, in rehearsals and on stages, until they felt ready to record their debut album, Neptune with Fire, featuring just two, extended compositions, one each to a vinyl side. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock

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