DARK SONGS OF THE PRAIRIE
Isis meets My Morning Jacket? Yup, courtesy of Denver's Across Tundras, whose eight-track excursion extracts its expansive noise quotient from ambient metal and infuses touches of twangy two-step. Sounding like Pelican at a hoedown on cuts like the title track while doling out a grounded version of space rock on "Ode to George, Parts 1 & 2", this act may take a few listens (and some hallucinogenics) to fully appreciate, but their frontier take on space rock is well worth the repeated listens. Highly acidic while capably emitting feelings of desolation, this tumbleweed obsessed trio whip up Dust Bowl-sized doom rock that would totally make a rocking soundtrack for a modern day cowboy flick.