What I Heard This Morning: Palo Verde

I received an email this morning from Phratry Records about a very interesting Portland, Oregon noise band called Palo Verde.  Their album, Zero Hour, is a lengthy and super-sludgy instrumental LP that propagates a level of amplified muck worthy of The Melvins while also providing meditative slabs of psychedelia.  Repetitious and prone to areas of free form musical assault, at times Zero Hour reminds me of the more abrasive aspects of Black Flag's The Process Of Weeding Out and combines them with Earth's recent Americana-laced desert rock.  There's less jazz than to it than there is No Wave, "pigfuck" or drone metal, but improvisation is at its core. 

Zero Hour is available on vinyl, CD and digital.

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