Let’s face it: the world of “drug rock” (whatever your drug of choice might be) is oversaturated, and “psychedelic” is a term thrown around so often and thoughtlessly it’s almost lost all meaning. Weedpecker have never tried to hide their reverence and affection for the sweet leaf, but unlike so many other bands mired in self-indulgent riff worship, their propensity for mind alteration is immediately and unmistakably evident in their music.
On III, Weedpecker’s third full-length, the first notes of the album already evoke a blissful and airy atmosphere, waves of guitar rolling over the listener until a deep bass, drums and mellotron set the tone for the trip to come. The atmosphere the band creates is offset by an interplay of heavy riffing, etherial vocals and progressive structures; like labelmates Elder, the band are fond of long, unpredictable songs with an increasingly progressive slant.
Further sidestepping entrapments of the stoner rock genre, III sees the band experimenting with light, colorful jams that remind the listener of Tame Impala or Morgan Delt. Moving seamlessly between styles and moods organically, it’s easy to get lost, only to find yourself emerged in a different world entirely.
released January 5, 2018
Recorded in April 2017 at Nebula Studio.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Haldor Grunberg (Satanic Audio).
All musick and lyrics by Weedpecker.
Cover art by Maciej Kamuda.
Released january 5th 2018 by Stickman Records
I disliked this album at first mainly due to the cleaner and less echoing vocals. But dude, it is amazing. They kept their same sound, but made it even more atmospheric and mystical. Was able to see them twice this year. Phenomenal both times, and one of my Top five bands of all time. Love these dudes. t-campbell
Timelessness has very little to do with relevance. Imo, albums such as this are to be enjoyed as long as there is a means for it to be played. And on that note I bid you goodnight because...death and taxes:) nakilep