Wednesday 29 May 2024

Redwood - Dry Rivers (EP Review)

Release Date: June 01st 2024. Record Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Dry Rivers: Tracklisting

1. MODERN WAY (5:27)

2. DRY RIVERS (5:07)

3. HOME (5:19)

4. VOID RIDER (6:10)


Californian Psychedelic Desert/Stoner Rockers Redwood new EP Dry Rivers launches into the Cosmic Rock stratosphere with the band travelling along the same Space Rock Highway of bands such as King Buffalo, ELDER, KYUSS, Howling Giant and Truckfighters with a neverending style of Classic sounding FUZZ powering the Psychedelic heaviness that appears within the whole EP.

Dry Rivers contains four tracks running around twenty two minutes in length with Redwood merging Classic Desert/Stoner Rock techniques with the modern Cosmic Doom and Progressive Psychedelic passages. There’s a seedy underbelly of distorted Fuzz sounds that has a slight Ambient flavour which comes off strongly within the excellent opening track of Modern Way.

Redwood have a keen sense of melody and free-flowing heavy doomed out grooves which allows the band to play exquisite long drawn out instrumental jams which sees the band add different waves of Space Rock textures that do have a certain Post-Stoner influence to them. The vocals are superb that have a dreamlike essence to them whilst keeping that classic Fuzz Rock or Hard Rock element throughout.

Dry Rivers also allows Redwood the perfect creative opportunity to adapt their music to a Punk Rock environment which is heard mostly within the fantastic production values that keeps the whole EP remarkably grounded despite the ongoing ventures into Outer Space. The EP does become more Post-Doom obsessed on the outlandish third track Home which sees Redwood offer a more aggressive style of music that translates into some of the freshest and heaviest sounds on the whole EP.

The final track Void Rider is perhaps the perfect way to end the EP with. As Redwood channels the EP’s earlier Progressive sound with the EP becoming quite cinematic with melodic and grizzled instrumental jams becoming the main focus for the band to impress listeners with. The vocals once again bang on point that sells the whole creative journey to the listener that Redwood will take you upon.

Dry Rivers is a thrilling spectacle of Psychedelic Stoner Rock that is helped by catchy bursts of Desert Rock, Fuzz Rock, Cosmic Rock and Spaced Out Doom that remains quite addictive with a wonderfully aggressive sound from start to finish.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Good Boy PR for the promo.

Dry Rivers will be available to buy digitally from Saturday 1st June 2024.


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