Virginia trio go on a desert-psych road trip.
Virginia brothers Pontiak took a road trip across Arizona, New Mexico and the Big Bend area of Texas, the sort of desert hike that often overwhelms those who experience it for the first time. (Your reviewer, born on the Texas/New Mexico border, is more used to it, but it's true that there are few experiences cooler than a nighttime desert drive.) The result was this unstructured 25-minute vinyl-only EP consisting of four lengthy, meandering explorations. Like a southwestern take on Pink Floyd's side-long-epics era, Comecrudos unfurls at leisure, building from a feedback-and-brushed-cymbals opening into a slow-motion cacophony of brass, organ, acoustic guitars and occasional snatches of vocals. Taken as single extended piece (the four sections blend almost imperceptibly), it's an intriguing piece of modern ambient psychedelia, although fans should be warned that this barely resembles Pontiak's earlier work.
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