Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Earth - HEX: Or Printing in the Infernal Method

Drone doom is a genre which probably requires some explanation for the uninitiated. Single notes can drag on for a minute or more. Feedback is used as a principle instrument. Drums (as well as rhythm, melody, and vocals) are optional. What remains is emotional texture. Earth has incorporated more and more elements of traditional rock music over the course of their career, and Hex does sound suspiciously like music as it is traditionally conceived. Yet they retain the ability to draw the listener into a an almost meditative state with their repeated motifs and carefully constructed auditory landscape. Earth sounds to me like desert music, barren and alone. I hear rocks, scrub brush, and the detritus of abandoned civilization. However, the stars shine brightest in these vast, empty expanses. This is contemplative, organic music, and it provides a perfect accompaniment to serious intellectual activity.

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