Title - ‘Frying On This Rock’ (Thrill Jockey)
Artist - White Hills
White Hills' new album, Frying on this Rock, out now on Thrill Jockey, is their most energized and concise recording to date. Recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth), the songs are bursting with a raw energy that has always been present, but never showcased quite like they are here now.
The first song of the 5-track EP/album, 'Pads of Light' is hardly a lyrical masterpiece, but you definitely get a sense of what to expect from the mini-album. Jam packed with, as they say in the business, killer guitar work combined with some awesome blended psychedelic mood swings, Frying On This Rock is a masterpiece of its own making.
The vibrant 'Robot Stomp' is next, but the 12 minute instrumental is definitely something that should have rounded out the album and not come so early in its track listing. Next up is 'You Dream You See,' which brings back the vocals and hits home the invigorating so-called "deep space rock" edge of the EP/album.
The hypnotically trippy, truculent even 'Song of Everything' is next, and is truly a mellow, smoke-whilst-listening track of awareness, before the EP ends with what is basically 15 minutes of straining guitars and oscillating synthesizer waves in the form of 'I Write a Thousand Letters (Pulp on Bone)'.