Dead Meadow return with their 5th album and honestly the band have never felt more comfortable. As partial as I am to the band's heavy, Blue Cheer inspired past there's just something about the world-weary effect of Old Growth that feels like the band has finally found their true stride. Pretty much all of the shoegazy haze that enshrouded Flowers has been burnt away. Instead the band take a slower, mellower but not necessarily complacent road; boiling with a weariness and dust in throat wisdom that seems much more natural than the haze ever did. Old Growth merges the band's former murk and growl into a finely tuned balance; finding a way to maintain restrained spacey effects and guitar punch with a much cleaner approach and a heavier emphasis on the acoustic guitar. The results of the balance leave this as the band's most complete album to date even injecting a shamble of pop into what was once a frustrated haze. Keep your eye out for the album in all its double gatefold glory early next month.
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[MP3] Dead Meadow - What Needs Must Be
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