LP released: Apr 27, 2018

1. Conquistador
2. When The Horses Were Shorn Of Their Hooves
3. And Then The Crows Descended
4. Scorpions In Their Mouths
5. Reaching The Gulf
Cat No: SH169LP
Barcode: 0634457753310
Packaging: LP Regular

solo album from Dylan Carlson, drone metal pioneer and founding member of the

iconic band Earth. Carlson's musical explorations can be traced back to his pioneer-
ing work with Earth, from the groundbreaking drone metal of Earth2 to the ominous

instrumental twang of Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method. Untethered from the

collaborative nature of the band, Carlson veered away from American music and mo-
tifs and dug into English folklore and song traditions for his solo work. For his first full-
length the guitarist returns west. In many ways, Conquistador harkens back to Hex.

"This is another imaginary western," Carlson explains, "based on the real story of a

conquistador and his Moorish servant in what is now the states of New Mexico, Colo-
rado, Utah, Nevada, and Texas. They were gone for twenty years and had many ad-
ventures before making it back to the Gulf of Mexico and returning to Mexico City

and, eventually, Spain." Muses aside, there is an analogous timbre, pace, and penta-
tonic aura between Carlson's latest offering and Hex. The reductionist principles that

have always driven Carlson's work play an even larger role on Conquistador, with his
expansive drones and austere guitar work saturating the sonic field while freed from
the lock step of a rhythm section. Carlson has long been heralded as a master of
minimalism, and this full-length demonstrates his ability to craft compelling symphonic
compositions while exercising extreme musical frugality. Emma Ruth Rundle contributed baritone & slide guitar, and his wife Holly
Carlson, who contributed percussion & whose picture graces the cover of the album. Anyone that's basked in the discographies of
Earth and drcarlsonalbion will undoubtedly be enamoured with the lush sepia-toned vistas of Conquistador.