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Released: 05.05.17
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A collaboration between Kevin Martin and Dylan Carlson always felt inevitable somehow, their shared obsessions – with the potentials of sonics and heaviness – guiding both their careers over a similar timespan. After 2014’s initial 12”, debut album Concrete Desert has been eagerly anticipated and is largely successful. Martin’s claustrophobic, Ballardian dystopian soundscapes and Carlson’s expansive desert guitar sounds working together to conjure a vision of America that’s both alarming and elegiac.

If it sometimes feels like this album isn’t quite the sum of its parts, and not perhaps either artist’s best work, that’s probably because this music needs to be heard live, where Martin’s notorious attention to every acoustic detail leads to shows that rearrange your organs and leave you gasping for air.

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