You know when you're on your third listen of a record, it has to be good. I just feel ignorant for letting it sit in a pile on my desk for so long. Honestly, I think it's been here since May, the new Desolation Wilderness album, New Universe. It would've been perfect on the We Be Grilling mix I put together when I was at home for the birthday this past Memorial Day. The album is like the soundtrack for a humid day all aglow in the hazy sunshine: the guitars shimmer through murky pastures, the passages of vocals buried deep in the mix like someone telling a lovelorn tale from the bottom of the sea floor. Think of the Crystal Stilts taking a vacation on the west coast, visiting a Santa Monica pier by way of Olympia. Think of a just as immediate version of The Tyde, yet there's more of a bonfire vibe than a hang ten surfer dude mantra about this record.
New Universe is out August 4th on K Records.
Download: "Boardwalk Theme" [mp3]