Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Old Gods by Valley of the Sun

Valley of the Sun - Old Gods is a killer stoner rock albumI feel like I hastily passed this over at one time on Bandcamp, only to have it start showing up repeatedly in my Spotify mix playlists until I had heard enough to realize what a stoner rock gem this album is. If I’d heard it sooner it would have easily made my favorite albums of 2019 list!

Cincinnati’s Valley of the Sun shows off a range of styles beyond the typical fuzz rock outing on Old Gods, their third full length album. At times sounding like QUOTSA, and at others like a Tool-influenced King Buffalo, this album ranges from heavy fuzz rock to light, wistful instrumentals that could have been outtakes from Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies.

If you’re a fan of Lowrider, King Buffalo, ASG and the like, you should stop what you’re doing right now and check out Old Gods.

Standout Tracks: Old Gods, Dim Vision, Gaia Creates

Find Valley of the Sun on the interwebs:

https://www.facebook.com/valleyofthesun
https://valleyofthesun.bandcamp.com/

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Reverie by Forming the Void

I’m going to be honest, I thought I had already made this my Pick of the Week. I’d been intending to since it came out in earlier this year, but other great albums just kept dropping to the point where I didn’t realize I hadn’t spread the word about this killer album!

Louisiana’s Forming the Void has been unleashing their special brand of “prog-metal” for years, starting with their auspicious debut Relic in 2015. Their last full length, Rift, was a contender for one of my favorite albums of 2018.

Their latest psych rock full length, Reverie, has a relentless confidence that sounds like it doesn’t care if you listen or not, while it relentlessly drives its way into your subconscious.

Standout tracks: Onward Through the Haze, Trace the Omen

Let this one get under your skin.

Find Forming the Void on the web:
https://formingthevoid.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/forming_the_void/

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Dead Star by King Buffalo

King Buffalo Dead StarEthereal, hypnotic, unhurried, and quietly epic, the latest album from King Buffalo draws you in with such unassuming ease that you don’t realize you’re caught in its snare until your head is bouncing and your hair standing on end (around minute 12, to be precise).

Released March 2020, Dead Star is an evolution from King Buffalo’s 2018 masterpiece Longing to Be the Mountain, while sharing some common threads with that popular favorite. New side trips into ambient and even 80s-influenced electronic music don’t dull the understated power contained in the psychedelic drone underpinning the compelling groove of this excellent album.

Fans of Pink Floyd, All them Witches, and Elder should check out the latest from this Rochester, New York power trio who just gets better with every new release.

Standout tracks: Ecliptic, Red Star Pt. 2, Eta Carinae

Find King Buffalo on the web:

http://kingbuffalo.com/
https://kingbuffalo.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/kingbuffaloband
https://www.facebook.com/kingbuffaloband/

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