I like the music of Grails, even though, at times, the music gets a little too heavy for me. I'm at a point in my life where I don't want to be punished by music, and Grails can definitely be heavy. That's why I like Take Refuge in Clean Living a bit more than Doomsdayer's Holiday; Clean is heady and heavy on the mellow atmospherics. This LP has also made me realize why I like Grails: they can be extremely efficient with the time within a song. All of these songs hover between the 4-9 minute mark, but each song feels much, much longer than that--in a good way. The band's trademark mixture of Eastern rhythms with Western rock elements is also put to use here; on "Take Refuge" the band starts of iwth a slow Eastern drum-style pattern, which then halfway turns into an almost Gospel-tinged organ and guitar jam, which then incorporates trumpet and atmospheric manipulation that sounds like a voiceless choir. Very nice, indeed! All in all, Take Refuge in Clean Living is a downright satisfying half-hour of music.
Listen To: "PTSD"
Take Refuge in Clean Living is available now on Important Records
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