12 O'Clock Track: Guardian Alien, "See the World Given to a One Love Entity (excerpt)"

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See the World Given to a One Love Entity by Guardian Alien
  • See the World Given to a One Love Entity by Guardian Alien
Liturgy were without a doubt the most polarizing band of 2011. For now, though, let's leave the debate over whether Liturgy are cool or lame, or whether they're a true black-metal band or a bunch of trust-fund poseurs, for another day (or never again), and focus on something no one can argue with: that Greg Fox can manhandle a set of drums. When the news got out late last year that he was leaving Liturgy, the first thing I asked myself was, "Who could possibly fill his gigantic shoes?" (Turns out his replacement is a drum machine, which makes for a totally different and slightly awkward vibe.) Fox's departure allowed him to work full-time on a project he's had going for a while, Guardian Alien. What was born as a solo effort has grown into a full band, and now they have an LP on the way from Thrill Jockey. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is the first five minutes from See the World Given to a One Love Entity, the single 37-minute track that makes up the album.

As with Liturgy, the first thing you'll probably notice is the drums. Holy crap, the drums. Fox employs a black-metal-inspired blastbeat right off the bat, but instead of using it to create chaos and aggression, he turns it into more of an ambient hum. Combined with sitars, synths, and chants, it creates a far-out psychedelic flurry, which then segues into a laid-back passage with a loose, tribal feel. This spacey section has more sonic breathing room in it, but the intricate percussion never lets up. This is clearly a drummer's project, and as a drummer, I can't get enough. These five minutes keep me on the edge of my seat every time I listen to them, and I can't wait to hear the other 32 minutes of this jam.

See the World Given to a One Love Entity comes out July 24 via Thrill Jockey.

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