Dead Meadow, Shivering King and Others
With droning fuzz guitars, steady riffs, and thoroughly effects-laden vocals, much of Shivering King and Others is awash in a single glow, with a few different arrangements explored over the course of it. That’s certainly not any kind of a detraction, since the whole thing works to evoke a mood, simultaneously relaxed and damaged, and stunning in its results. When Dead Meadow enters altogether different territory, however, is when things get really interesting.
In particular is the very acoustic ‘Shivering King’ which gets all like Nick Drake meets The Doors. To say it’s ‘far out’ wouldn’t be totally off the mark. But to say it’s ‘mesmerizing’ would be more appropriate, man. Also a standout is the beautiful and disorienting album closer, ‘Raise the Sails,’ which just evokes something that makes writing about albums really difficult. We’ll leave it at that.