Imagine Pink Floyd'sAtom Heart Mother played at one-quarter speed, and you get an idea of what Earth sounds like. This record is a follow-up to the band's 2011 release (vol. 1); it was recorded at the same sessions. The music moves at a glacial, liquid-metal pace. It's so slow and spare that it recalibrates your metabolism, dialing down your body and mind, like some deep-breathing exercise for the ears. It's music as medicine. And — it's true — it makes you feel better, but that doesn't mean it doesn't sting at times. The guitar lines unfold with a clean metallic edge, hovering in drone mode, pivoting over minimal lines with slow-mo arpegiations that collapse the brain's ability to process, turning notes separated by time into a kind of sideways harmony. Listening is a bit like watching the thread of smoke from a stick of incense curl and climb to the ceiling; it's mesmerizing, prayerful, slightly ominous.
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
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