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Editors’ Notes

The pop charts may never reflect such a renaissance, but psychedelic rock music is going strong in 2013. Seattle's Rose Windows are yet another fine band exploring the spaces between the heavy riffs of early heavy metal, the bucolic wistfulness of indie folk, and the tribal blues melodies of stoner rock and folk music through the centuries. There's no need for an autopsy here to pick apart Rose Windows' influences; this music is still very much alive, as a song like the seven-minute "Walkin' with a Woman" makes abundantly clear through its various passages, led by bewitching vocalist Rabia Shaheen Qazi and cemented by the overall conceptual vision of Chris Cheveyo, the project's alleged leader. The songs may be mostly credited to Cheveyo, but this is a full-band effort in terms of execution. Qazi brings a mystical element even when the tunes turn pop-like ("Wartime Lovers"), while flautist Veronica Dye gives authenticity to the band's gentler songs. Producer Randall Dunn, who'd worked magic with Sunn O))) and Boris, brought in pedal steel, harp, and string players to stretch the project ever further.

Customer Reviews

These hippies hit hard!

This Seattle septet molds diverse influences into a distinctive sound. Our pre-order arrived today--love the music!

Intoxicating, in all the right ways.

There are few times in ones life when you find that band that seems to make everything you see in the world so much more beautiful, and for me Rose Windows is one of those bands. It is the band to which I cross 520 and gaze at the pink sunset, or roll the window down and let my hair go in the wind. I love this band, and the Sun Dogs album, and can't wait to see where they go next.

A little alternate history

Alternate History

In November 1970 Jim Morrison gave "Mama Cass" Elliot an unpublished manuscript of his poems he called "The Sun Dogs." Two years later Cass and her three band mates made a demo tape of their musical interpretations of Morrison's poems, but the single reel-to-reel tape languished unheard for years until it ended up being bought by Courtney Love for her husband Kurt's birthday. After his death, the tape was acquired by Dylan Carlson who recognized it for the priceless historic artifact that it truly was. Unable to interest the other musicians in the band Earth, Carlson gave the tape to some Seattle friends who had a (then unknown) band called Rose Windows and the rest is history.

OK, that's not what really happened, but after listening to "Then Sun Dogs" for the first time I felt like it needed an alternate history. This is a modern masterpiece of retro-psychedelia that sounds like a cool blue breeze blown through a chrome-plated flute on a foggy evening by a barefoot hippie girl in dreadlocks next to a quiet Puget Sound beach.

Yeah, it's that good.


Formed: 2010 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

With a sound that merges the sprawling expanses of post-rock with influences from around the globe, Rose Windows' sonic explorations take listeners on a long, circuitous, and often psychedelic trip through the lesser-known corners of the music world. Formed in 2010 by guitarist and songwriter Chris Cheveyo, the Seattle band's membership grew with Cheveyo's ambitious vision for a sound, recruiting singer Rabia Shaheen Qazi, keyboardist David Davila, guitarist Nils Petersen, bassist Richie Rekow, drummer...
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