Another year, another killer collection of hypnotic syncopated songs by Rochester’s mighty psych trio, King Buffalo.
Steadfast, slightly upbeat and relentlessly mesmerizing despite the somewhat despairing poetry of the lyrics, The Burden of Restlessness fits right into the canon of King Buffalo’s quickly growing catalog.
The end of 2020 saw a surprise and bittersweet release from the legendary Samsara Blues Experiment, who announced that this latest full length album End Of Forever will be their swan song.
This German psychedelic experimental electric blues trio have been going strong since they began their journey in Berlin in 2007. They gained widespread acclaim with their 2010 album Long Distance Trip, cementing themselves into stoner rock lore with their own special brand of transcendent psych rock.
End of Forever takes you on a trip through time and space, flirting with influences from 60s acid rock to 70s prog through modern psych rock, sprinkling mellotron pads, spacey synths, and other dreamy effects throughout its guitar jam journey. Sad to see the end, but glad to be along for the ride and enjoy the legacy of this timeless trio.
I 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