Dead Meadow: Warble Womb 

D.C. sludge psych-rock trio Dead Meadow have been decamped in L.A. for some time, yet its resulting sixth album, the inexhaustible Warble Womb, is almost obdurate in its commitment to the formula the group has cultivated for 15 years: wailing, droning guitars, smothered by stalwart percussion, and draped in hazy, oozing vocals. A kind of timeless outfit, Dead Meadow pummel and extract noisy melodies out of their instruments in a peerless way.

Yet, it's the quieter moments, like the distant jet stream synthesizers and acoustic tangle of "One More Toll Taker" or the organ whinnies and tremulous guitar echoes of "Burn the Here and Now," that feel inspired on Warble Womb.

The inclusion of the group's original drummer, Mark Laughlin, back for the first time since 2001, adds the right snap to the group's otherwise viscous sound. He and bassist Steve Kille work in perfect conjunction, conjuring up funky magic on "Copper Is Restless ('Til It Turns to Gold)" and building and releasing tension throughout "1000 Dreams."

Warble Womb may be a squeam-inducing title, but it perfectly encapsulates the tonal experience of being immersed in the experience of listening to the 71 minutes of this release. "This Song Is Over," a nearly 10-minute captivating track, is a litmus test, as voodoo guitar licks are ultimately swallowed up by a dissonant electronic loop.

More by Michael Petitti


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

The Weekly List: 19 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Laughing Stock: Laff’s and Tears, Plus New Mics

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Their Way

    The Trashcan Sinatras have traveled each and every highway for more than three decades
    • May 10, 2018
  • XOXO...

    What's coming down the music pipeline in the next week.
    • May 10, 2018
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation