Album Review

Earth – “Hibernaculum ” – [Southern Lord Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   5/10/2007   A Library, CD

Dylan Carlson keeps the gravity heavy on this latest Earth release. If you
are hungry for a sort of Bohren and Der Hot Club of Goretown, then this
might be the release for you. Ever since hearing a DJ describe Tarnation
as “Gothic Country” I’ve felt that remains a genre that has not yet been
rightly represented. Earth’s latest orbit continues to move them closer
albeit in an instrumental vein, no Don Walser hell-yodelling on here.
This release recasts three earlier Earth numbers, two of which KFJC has
the originals for and one, “Miami Morning Coming Down,” from an Ash
International collection. Even that title reveals a hidden Johnny Cash
connection perhaps? In addition, the last track “A Plague of Angels”
comes from a Sunn O split. The title refers to the site that a bear
or other animal chooses to hibernate (or to the casing for a plant
to get through the dark of winter). As befits that, and the earth
style…life forces are slowed down here…that pace allows a guitar
wrangled to hang and twang in delay decay. That guitar is nice, but
Steve Moore’s Hammond B-3 on here is what really cinches the noose!
There are some Cecil B. deMille moves here, big cinematic moments that
could serve well as a soundtrack to slow-mo battle scenes…especially
as Carlson adds instruments to expand a riff. And at the core, even before
he went to hay-seed, Carlson’s Earth has been about riff reverence and
repetition. Plenty of that here…

-Thurston Hunger

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Thurston Hunger says

All Apologies...

Now corrected...
Typo-glycemically yours,
Thurston Bloodsugar


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