Lo-Pan, Salvador

Dexter J. Mobley: That’s because we’re uncool. And while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don’t have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter.
Me: I can really see that now.
DJM: Yeah, great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing and love disguised as sex, and sex disguised as love… and let’s face it, you got a big head start.
Me: I’m glad you were home.
DJM: I’m always home. I’m uncool.
Me: Me too!
DJM: The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool. My advice to you. I know you think those guys are your friends. You wanna be a true friend to them? Be honest, and unmerciful.
Paraphrased Lifted Entirely From Here

I’m flying high over Tupelo, Mississippi… with America’s hottest stoner band… and we’re all about to die.

Not to imply that Lo-Pan are actually with me– just in iPod form. But still… they’re with me, ya dig?

Enough preamble– I try to review as fast and directly as possible: Lo-Pan, and Salvador, are the heaviest thing ever to come out of 1972. They’re the stoner Led Zeppelin to Goatnake’s (more) stoner Black Sabbath; they’re swank rock with funk rubbed all over it; they’re sex-smeared licks (opposite Sab’s Keef-smeared riffs); they’re 70s-isms + Karma To Burn (there’s one guitar player and on the actual record, when there’s solos, there’s actually only a bass guitar behind it– love that); they’re fuzz rock with an actual singer AND mature songwriting (you can hum the songs– you can even hum the riffs) that doesn’t sacrifice WEIGHT in the name of songcraft.

They’re heavy.

Salvador is subtler than it seems, too, Clyde– it doesn’t demand attention –don’t let it get lost in the fray– it doesn’t draw you to its intricacies like Earth or any black metal does; it’s the Olivia Munn to most stoner/ doom’s Kim Kardashian: after the afterglow (of purchase) has worn off, you’ll still want them around– they’re not obnoxious about their gifts. They’ve got more to say than is initially obvious.

Highlights: “Seed,” “Deciduous,” “Chichen Itza,” and “Generations.”

Though– it’s all good, man.

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” Goethe said that.

Lo-Pan live it.

Go get!

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