Grails – Deep Politics

January 01, 1970

Residence Ltd.)


the most commendable attribute of a rock band is its ability to successfully
remove itself from the grid in order to reassess its place in the creative
universe. So when Portland, Oregon’s Grails decided to take a three-year break
following chief multi-instrumentalist Emil Amos’s recruitment into the ranks of
the California doom-psych outfit Om, it helped give the band enough time to
evaluate its sonic scope and map out a new direction for themselves. And boy
did they ever make a serious move on Deep
For their sixth proper full-length, Grails switches major gears
in order to expound upon their collective interest in vintage library film
music (which began to show root on 2008’s Doomsdayer’s
), exploring the ways by which the funky, freaky orchestrations of
Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, Goblin and David Axelrod factor into the experimental,
guitar-driven nature of their game, gelling the two disparate styles through
the application of production techniques directly inspired by such instrumental
hip-hop titans as Madlib and the late J. Dilla. When you hear the way by which
Amos, bassist/keyboardist William Slater and guitarists Alex John Hall and
William Zakary Riles employ the use of composer Timba Harris’s quixotic string
arrangements on opening track “Future Primitive”, “Daughters of
Bilitis” and “Deep Snow” against their post-rock drone, or how
the use of treated piano and slide guitars give way to a chorus of Barry-esque
proportions on “All The Colors Of The Dark”, you are listening to a
band literally evolving before your very ears. And as so prominently heard on
the album’s climax, the CSNY-checking epic “Almost Grew My Hair”, it
is that overlapping, seamless segue from something freeform and dissonant to a
singular, soulful movement of sonic celluloid which helps Deep Politics play out so brilliantly in your mind like a lost ‘70s
John Schlesinger film that has cast your acid-damaged homunculus as the leading

DOWNLOAD:  “Future Primitive”, “All The
Colors Of The Dark”, “Almost Grew My Hair”, “Deep



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