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Incredible achievement and an absolute must have!
on 4 November 2013
My quick review of PEACE by Vista Chino;
it is incredible that in 2013 we are ALLOWED to have such great, anthemic albums.
After the band was banned from existing as Kyuss (seriously Josh Homme), and Nick Olivieri left, I thought we would have another wavering Garcia project.
Good news for Kyuss fans is that this is better - actually it is a logical progression and where Kyuss would have been now had it never ceased to exist - best case scenario.
Whatever happened in the meantime, this is a total triumph.
What is the last time you have had goosebumps while smiling? Almost reads as a diagnosis for the affective inversion, but intro to Planets is shamelessly borrowing from Green Machine in the opening riff, only to dump you down the Arizona-deep abyss of much-emulated but never quite achieved goodness of Kyuss stonerism.
2 minutes into the track, you will have forgotten all about the Green Machine and will have been transported into the Garcia/Bjork universe.
It is almost incredible how a single guitarist (with many overdubs) lends clarity to what is still superbly, if not even more trippy soundscape.
To the stoner rock fans, the previous works were already impeccable, but Peace brings another level of clarity, stability and feels like the band is united on a mission.
There is probably no better recommendation for a stoner album than the fact that the listener loses any and all sense of time - not just the grasp of the passage of time but the entire 4th dimension. And I have not lit up in at least 15 years.
The "humble" guitar/amp combo without any bells and whistles still has so much to offer - the Belgian newcomer guitarist Bruno Fevery has obviously spent his life studying this sound in great detail, and offers his clear classical influence on "Acidize", only to seamlessly and deliciously thrust us back down that desert rabbit hole.
He is by far (for me) the best ever stoner rock guitarist on a recording.
Maybe the fact that he is the only one helps in bringing some of that clarity, but there is no denying he dominates what is through and through a doctorate in guitar based rock recording.
It is the first time ever that I feel Garcia and Bjork are better off not using the Kyuss name.
This is seriously a better record for 2013 than I feel Kyuss could have made if they still existed.
I was never much the one to snub Garcias works, and both Unida and Hermano were sadly underrated, great bands.
I like Vista Chino (sic) a lot. If you like rock, I seriously doubt you will find anything better to put on your turntable this year.