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February 20th, 2012

Album: Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

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Earth
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Southern Lord
13 February 2012

by Dan Pelic

These drone dudes and dudettes have outdone themselves.

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The tactically-withheld part deux to 2011’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I, has revealed itself to be a worthy companion piece worth the wait – not just a clever way to sell more super duper sweetly packaged vinyl units. Earth’s II is beautifully engineered – an honest recording reliant on acoustic smarts, judicious tonal scrutiny, microphone placement, and all that makes any production enthusiast or layman drool. The compositions ebb and flow like gentle tides.

Artfully-lain beats lurk in the background as the wonderfully simple – but textural – guitar styling of Dylan Carlson fleshes out the tracks. As much as Earth albums have always been “his”, this one comes from the core of a travelled man’s being. With all the personal turmoil Carlson’s been through, while listening to the easily digestible last track, ‘The Rakehell’, one can almost hear a man at peace.

Unhurried tempos set by dry-as-bone drums, haunting cello twisting through each turn, tastefully applied bass lines filling out the low end of the scale….this is an original piece of art; it’s a laudable work which will provide many listens, lending new layers with every spin.

Its gorgeousness flows almost effortlessly like a quiet spring from the Earth – no pun intended.

6/6

Sounds Like: A super laid-back Earth
Standout Tracks: A Multiplicity of Doors, The Rakehell

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