Apologies to my dedicated readers, assuming there are any, for my extended absence. The holidays invigorate the spirit but deplete the body and the pocketbook, but once more I am solvent, rested and ready to contribute again to that great mass of overreaching metaphor and shameless ego-stroking called Robosexual.
There exists, and has existed for a long time without my knowledge, a genre of music called "stoner rock." I had overlooked the term though I certainly possess a few albums which bear its mark - thick instrumentation, repetitive chords, extended instrumental breaks, and other things you can imagine would earn a kind of music that unkind moniker. At the forefront, at least for myself and some others, of the genre is this band, Dead Meadow. Feathers is their latest album, and despite being released on Matador, has garnered comparatively little attention in mass media (compared to other bands on such large labels). Unjust! It is a good album, tighter and better written than their earlier release, Shivering King and Others (before that I have not listened. I trust others, though, who are better informed). I saw them on tour with Jennifer Gentle (whose live show, incidentally, was far better than their album) and despite having to leave early, was impressed - they had a setup which was far from original, yet had a unique sound and were more forceful than their number seemed to allow.
I am afraid I don't know the album as well as I should, but I know that it is quite solid and, of course, has a few standout tracks with superior melodies. The best tracks evolve a little more than others, but as a whole the music sticks with the same riffage throughout a song, making it hypnotic at best, but occasionally droning past one's attention span. Guitar solos and such are peppered liberally in, making the sonic landscape a bit more eventful, and frequently comprising the climax of the song. "Let's Jump In," "Heaven," and "Eyeless Gaze/Don't Tell the Ferryman" are the better tracks, while "Let It All Pass" seems to be the best by some margin, and the final, untitled track is cool but overstays its welcome somewhat if you're not in the mood for it. "Let It All Pass" is fantastic, though, a masterpiece of production, allowing you to hear each instrument clearly as well as the steady drumming and ever-present bass, despite all the layering - though headphones are recommended for best results.
I am providing that song because I think it is good enough to stand on its own, but if you think you'd like more of the same I urge you to check out this album. If you're unsure, you might give it a try but I realize this kind of stuff isn't everybody's cup of tea. Also, I think the album cover was shot through a Jaegermeister bottle.