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Harvestman: Music For Megaliths

Harvestman is an American drone project led by Neurosis co-founder Steve Von Till. Having never delved that deeply into the drone scene I wasn’t completely sure what to expect with Harvestman’s fourth disc Music For Megaliths.

Till plays most of the instruments including: electric guitars, fuzz, hurdy gurdy, bass, synthesizers, filters, delays, Grendel Drone Commander, mutron, acoustic guitars and vocals. Jason Roeder adds live drums on “Levitation”.

I have to say this is a pretty cool disc with some interesting sounds. On the first track “The Forest Is Our Temple” Till gets one with the earth as moody atmospheric synths and drones, presumably created in part by the hurdy gurdy, sets the mood. Acoustic guitars are used to further build up the often chilling soundscape. In the mystical sounding “Oak Drone”, the drone sounds reverberate and buzz enhanced with fuzzy electric guitar chords. The mellow “Cromlech” is one of the more melodic offerings where the rich textures are quite dreamlike and almost ‘pretty’ for want of a better word.

Two of my favourite tracks are “Ring Of Sentinels” and “Levitation” with both featuring a laid back chilled out vibe. The latter is particularly cool, laced with spacey synths and psychedelic effects and is the only track to use vocal’s, aside from the spoken words used in the last track. The enhanced distant sounding vocals serve to further augment the otherworldly soundscape. The synthesizer layers in “Sundown” makes it another standout track.

My love of psychedelic and space music has no doubt helped me come to grips with this quite intriguing platter of electronic noise. My first real experience with drone has left me wanting to continue the journey. For drone fans this will certainly be a must purchase.

Track Listing:
1. The Forest Is Our Temple
2. Oak Drone
3. Ring Of Sentinels
4. Cromlech
5. Levitation
6. Sundown
7. White Horse

Added: May 5th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Bandcamp Page
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