Midday Veil - The Current LP/CS/CD

Okay, so I don't review or even mention a whole lot of psyche records around here, and maybe that makes me lame or something, I don't know. But take from that fact that when I do write up a psyche record, it must be damn good. Midday Veil's new record, titled The Current, is far beyond "damn good." It's absolutely fantastic, and sets the bar quite a bit higher for artists making this kind of experimental psychedelic rock music.

I can't say that I've come to expect anything less from this Seattle-based band, as their work always walks the lines between psyched-out jam sessions, bliss-ridden, synth-driven electronics, ambient dronescapes, and heavy rock. Regardless of what they're playing, though, they always make it quite a trip, and a heavy, heady one at that. Even the catchier, more upbeat, percussion-driven songs have a way of knocking down walls with the force of a wrecking ball as they crawl inside your mind, finding a permanent home. For example, the album-opening title track on this record is quite an ear-worm, but still really heavy, setting the tone early for what works out to be one of the heavier psych records I've heard. What I appreciate about Midday Veil the most is their recognition that making a heavy record is not all about guitar riffs and bombastic drums. Those things have their place in this strain of music (check out the album closer, "Great Cold of the Night" below - one of my favorite songs of the past ten years, and heavy as fuck), but for the most part, Midday Veil's heaviness is more subtle, perpetuated by the synths, keys, and Emily Pothast's beautiful and commanding vocals. Her voice is quite easy to get lost in. Now I can already hear people screaming that heaviness isn't about subtlety, but grow up. And listen to this record, or any of Midday Veil's work, and I think you'll get what I mean. I've been playing this album pretty close to constantly since I got it, and I think you'll have a hard time turning it off as well. If you're into experimental, heavy music, you've got no excuse to not own this record. It's really that damn good. And it certainly doesn't hurt that it was produced by the one and only Randall Dunn.

Available on CD, LP, and CS from Translinguistic Other. Both analog formats come with a download card, and I love that. If you're just interested in the digital album, it can be downloaded and/or streamed from Bandcamp, but you really won't be sorry if you buy one of the physical editions.

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