Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bardo Pond - Under The Pines

With six songs and in a bit over 40 minutes, Under The Pines stands as a perfect statement of the essence of Bardo Pond.  Heavy, throbbing riffs, experimental static, distortion and fuzz, reverb and drone, strings ethereal vocals riding the storm, and moments of delicacy bracketed by the sonic wall, it is all on display.  The Philadelphia band manages to be weighty, but avoids brutality with streaks of light and air.  And while this might sound like some stoner's dream band, and for all I know many stoners consider it their dream band, the delights aren't just for those ingesting substances.  Under The Pines is serious music, and seriously good music, for the times  when you want the rock to roll.

Bardo Pond are Michael Gibbons (guitar), John Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (flute and vocals), Clint Takeda (bass guitar) and Jason Kourkounis (drums).  Under The Pines is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Fire Records.

Bandcamp for Under The Pines
Fire Records' page for Under the Pines

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