Mastodon's Cold Dark Place EP (2017)
Mastodon dropped their latest EP today. I got a leaked copy last week so I've already had time to obsessively listen and digest prior to buying it officially. It's called Cold Dark Place (available for a mere $5 after the jump).
It's the best slice of music released this year thus far. It's wildly original and produced in a way that affords the soundscape breathing room, even with Brent Hind's complex time signatures and gifted guitar work.
Recently, I read Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, and it affected me very deeply, on an intensely visceral level. On my second read through, I was describing to Daniel that I wish I could find music to go with it — something to pair with the desolate, bleak, southern vibe of Blood Meridian.
The following is an excerpt from the novel to give you a dose of the Hollywoodesque sense of visual poetry that is rampant throughout the novel:
Mastodon has released an EP that somehow - and as far as I know unintentionally - pairs perfectly with the atmosphere of Blood Meridian. The EP has Southern twinges and accents peppered throughout that articulate The Kid's void in his search for familiarity and camaraderie in a murderous clan of outlaws in the c. 1850s American Southwest.
Listen closely and you will notice a horizontal slide dobro throughout the album. It’s Prog Metal flavored by a Southern character. That, combined with its spaciousness, makes for a beautiful aural analog to McCarthy’s brutal and bleak novel. Check it out, buy the EP.