White Hills - Frying On This Rock
White Hills duo guitarist Dave W. and bassist Ego Sensation know how to make a glorious noise. Joined this time by a couple buddies who help mix other tones into their stew, they infuse their latest massive sonic canvas with swirling over the edge space jams that retain a sense of coherence; that means that White Hills know exactly what they are doing on "Frying on This Rock," and exactly what they are capable of.
"Robot Stomp" is the centerpiece, a hypnotic, occasionally crazed and mind-numbing jam, that is both minimal and expansive, requiring a mastery of their sound that W. and Sensation obviously have. "You Dream You See" adds a classic rock feel, complete with mini-drum solo and "Whole Lotta Love" -esque swirling white noise.
Songs like "Song of Everything" trip things up here and there, but only momentarily. For a good five minutes out this eight minute piece, we are treated to mostly spoken word with silence and ambience, one of those it-must-be-kinda-cool-stoned things; a great early riff lost in the shuffle.
"I Write a Thousand Letters (Pulp on Bone)" on the other hand, is another epic; not as coherent and powerful as "Robot," but still dizzying in the best way.
In all, "Frying on This Rock" is a sprawling behemoth full of tasty and harsh riffs and enough evocative sonic imagery for a couple records. White Hills triumph again by not playing it safe; their reckless explorations are now comforting for fans of fearless rock.
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