Admittedly, I’ve not been one for drone music. I’d always associated the genre with some irrational repulsion – the type that sent my younger self retreating to the thin walls of my bedroom at the sound of my neighbor’s lawnmower. Sure, there were exceptions, namely the variety of epic moments throughout the Godspeed discography and the occasional mixed-genre ambient recording, but that all changed when I heard Earth’s 1993 recording, “Earth 2.” That record opened my eyes to the unique quality, and the unique power, of drone.
Since that time, I began working forward through the band’s discography, one album at a time, until I discovered their opus: last year’s “Primitive and Deadly.” While this newest recording may have largely left the rumbling repetitious notes behind, it’s ventured onward into new sonic territories. For Earth’s latest phase, post rock, post metal, stoner and psychedelia are all part of a grander design to capture the essence of the very ground they tread. It’s strength, consolidated in musical form – a mission they’ve always seemed intent to fulfill regardless of musical style. Earth’s plans for future expansion are anyone’s guess, but the safe bet is that the result will be something to remember.
More information regarding Earth can be found at the band’s website.