Sunday, July 29, 2007
Grails – 2006 - Black Tar Prophecies Vol 1, 2, 3
"Mostly deep, dense, dubbed-out doings with a few quiet acoustic moments swirled into the batter. Reverberating textures and beats, deeeeeeep bass, and fuzzy/crusty guitars create a satisfyingly dark, heavy vibe, but somewhat friendlier elements (acoustic picking, a bit of piano, a touch of banjo) do pop up here and there to brighten the picture a bit. When one doesn’t know quite what to say, one can play the ‘what if?’ game; for example: what if Sub Oslo, Neurosis, and Six Organs Of Admittance collaborated on a musical project, with David Lynch and Samuel Coleridge co-producing? I think you’d get something like Grails, which sounds to me like an opium-eating slowcore rock band playing Tibetan crime jazz. All instrumental. 100% righteous." ~ Reviewed by Max Level KFJC 89.7 FM
Label: Important Records (2)
Released: 11 Aug 2006
Style: Math Rock, Post Rock, Prog Rock
Credits: Acoustic Guitar [12 String], Acoustic Guitar, Banjo - William Zakary Riles
Bass, Piano, Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals - William Slater
Drums, Guitar, Vibraphone, Tape, Bouzouki, Melodica - Emil Amos
Mastered By - Carl Saff
Sampler, Guitar, Saxophone - Alex John Hall
Notes: Tracks 2, 6 and 9 previously published as "Black Tar Prophecies Vol.1 on Robotic Empire.
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5 previously published as "Black Tar Prophecies Vol.2 by Aurora Borealis.
Tracks 7, 8 previously unpublished.