Portland band Grails make nontraditional heavy music. Their last record, 2008’s Doomsdayer’s Holiday, depicted vast scorched-earth landscapes via slowly unfolding guitars and langorous drone; it fell nicely, albeit darkly, alongside Seattle doom metalers Earth and found-sound jammers Mammifer.
In the past I’ve pointed out this music’s kinship with the romantic vision of the sublime: it speaks to the kind of overwhelming beauty that can be lethal (ie. the depthless ocean, an unclimbable mountain). Now I see that Grails is just enamored with lounge jazz.
Below is the NSFW video for “Daughters of Bilitis” off Deep Politics, out March 23.