Portland-based psych quintet Eternal Tapestry are one prolific, exploratory bunch, having released music on Not Not Fun, Digitalis, Three Lobed, Night People, and several other labels since 2007. Last year, they signed with Thrill Jockey and have already released three full-length albums and a collaboration with Sun Araw. Their latest is called A World Out of Time, the follow-up to the vinyl-only Dawn In 2 Dimensions, and it’s easily their most accessible. Which also makes it an anomaly in their discography: while previous releases saw the band scraping albums together from hours of various jam sessions, their new joint results from a deliberate recording session that sees a refinement in their Meek retro-futurism aesthetic filtered through psych-/Kraut-/prog rock from Cale and Riley’s Church of Anthrax.
“Sand Into Rain,” A World Out of Time’s closer, is perhaps their oddest (read: most normal) track yet, a psych-folk stumbler that for the first time foregrounds the vocals/lyrics that the group so sparingly employs (no other track on this album has vocals). Like their psychedelic video for “Apocalypse Troll,” the accompanying video for “Sand Into Rain” — directed once again by guitarist Nick Bindeman — is one for heightening the senses, but it also seems to have somewhat of a narrative, one that is welcomingly absurd and surreal. Check it out here:
A World Out of Time is out now on Thrill Jockey.
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