Dylan Carlson breaks down five tracks on Full Upon Her Burning Lips
We recently spoke to Earth’s frontman Dylan Carlson about his gear – his particular love for Tele pups – and the band’s latest album Full Upon Her Burning Lips. The record is now available, but to give you some additional insight into this minimalist masterpiece, here’s the man himself:
The Colour of Poison
This is my favourite song on the album at the moment. It’s definitely a nod to the roots of hard rock/heavy metal (both terms have become so distorted/micro-genred I fear to use them at times). It’s a deceptively simple riff, full of dramatic pauses and a real soul/R&B groove. A lot of the early hard rock/heavy metal bands were really funky like the Jeff Beck group, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Zeppelin etc. Its an element I have always dug, and I find missing in a lot of current “heavy” music. I did a lot of pinched harmonics on this one and Adrienne does a thunderous R&B beat behind it. This track feels even raunchier live.
Datura’s Crimson Veils
This is the longest track on the record, a real epic of a song. It’s full of little nods to [Jimi] Hendrix and other rock and soul songs. I really like the – spoiler alert – faux ending and then it continues to the real end. I used the Uni-Vibe a lot on this one during overdubs.
The Mandrake’s Hymn
This song is Adrienne’s favourite on the record. It’s very cyclical, with repeating melodic cells and a dramatic bridge. I used delay on this one to really set up a hypnotic pulse behind it all.
An Unnatural Carousel
This is the most intricate one, with a very arpeggiated main riff. It’s also heavily melodic, and I really enjoyed the bassline I came up with it.
Cats On The Briar
This is the “oldest” song on the record, as I initially came up with it at Hellfest in 2014. I really like the way the melody goes over the chords in the ‘b’ part, where they’re all Ab chords (6-dom7-ab) so there is a sense of movement but it’s actually static on Ab (oblique motion).
Full Upon Her Burning Lips is out now via Sargent House.
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