Elder – The Gold & Silver Sessions

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And now for something completely different… Elder, one of the most talented outfits in the stoner rock realm, have gone krautrock with what was supposed to be a limited-edition vinyl release. The Gold & Silver Sessions features just three tracks, yet spans nearly 35 minutes, with plenty of progressive flourishes.

“Illusory Motion” kicks things off with nearly 10 minutes of light, mellow riffs above a steady, mid-paced backbeat, with notes ringing out in a post-rock fashion. Rather than being riff-driven, it’s a more relaxed, noodling approach, with a clean, soaring section that starts around the 3:30 mark and lasts for over a minute before the band fades out, aside from the guitar, signaling not so much a change in pace as a slight pivot. It’s only at the 7:30 mark do we get anything that might be called a “riff” – and it’s a real doozy!

“Im Morgengrauen” is even more mellow, starting off with some synthesized bells and flute effects, alongside some jazzy guitar. Despite a building drum beat around the two-minute mark, it remains rather laid-back and spaced-out, more of a jangly, proggy vibe somewhat akin to Hawkwind.

“Weißensee” is the piece de resistance, an 18-and-a-half-minute epic that offers steady beats, ringing guitars and the underlying sound of rumbling engines. This is actually quite pleasant and relaxing to listen to – not words I’d normally associate with Elder, mind you. And it ends with one heck of crashing climax…it just took 16 minutes to get there.

(Blues Funeral Recordings)

Gruesome Greg

Seahawks/Stamps/Flames/Zags/Jays/Raptors fan and lifelong metal head with a beer gut and a self-deprecating sense of humour. Reviewer/blogger (Yon Senior Doomsayer) for Hellbound.ca.

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