Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
Record label: Thrill Jockey
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock
Committed psych, folk and early metal music crate-diggers could probably reference a vast and rich collection of LPs from the ’60s and ’70s that Eternal Tapestry’s work fits nicely alongside. For those of us outside that dusty and bespectacled record-fair-attending subset, know that Eternal Tapestry have brought together a wicked batch of psych-rock boogie that keeps you reeling from start to finish. Words like “cosmic,” “organic” and “jam” can get thrown around a lot and with good reason.
Eternal Tapestry's albums are usually culled and sculpted from studio marathons that reflect their sprawling jam-based approach. A World Out of Time marks a departure. These eight tunes were recorded holistically as an album, then edited to become a flowing collage. ET haven't left their late psychedelic and experimental tropes behind, but they've honed them sharply.
Both words in Eternal Tapestry's name say something about their music, but it's the first that's key. This Portland band's expansive psych rock sounds like it could go on forever, and most of their releases have in fact been culled from longer, open-ended improvisations. The way they slowly build these jams-- adding parts, increasing volume, and cresting in unison-- you get the feeling they're always playing, and their records are just glimpses of an endless stream.
Holy shit, this album art. The Mars Explorer's blurry Instagrams got nothin' on this. Vaguely Moorish sci-fi architecture winds around a series of red canyons; a crystal city lies in a glass globe in the distance, its backdrop an alien solar system. It's no surprise, then, that 75 percent of the songs presented here are named after science-fiction novels (approximately 78 percent if you count the LP's title).
It’s been a rough decade for casual space enthusiasts. Cancelled moon trips, slashed budgets, mismanaged projects, still no manned-missions to Mars—the list of indignities goes on. Listening to A World Out Of Time, the latest album from Portland psych outfit Eternal Tapestry, you get the feeling these guys know your pain. Brothers Jed and Nicholas Bindeman, the molten core of the band, create the type of mind-expanding space-rock that hasn’t exactly been in vogue since the Apollo program closed its doors in 1972.