Brant Bjork (2020)
Even earlier than you understand it’s self-titled, and even earlier than you learn the LP liner notes, you understand it’s all Brant Bjork.
The person who has turn into the ambassador of Californian desert rock certainly performs each instrument throughout his 13th studio full-length, Brant Bjork. This in itself is one thing of a departure from latest choices, as on 2018’s Mankind Lady, Bjork labored carefully with guitarist Bubba DuPree (Void), and each 2016’s Tao of the Satan and 2014’s Black Energy Flower have been constructed across the Bjork-led Low Desert Punk Band.

Possibly revisiting his 1999 debut, Jalamanta, for a Heavy Psych Sounds 20th anniversary reissue final 12 months had some impact on Bjork’s mindset by way of working solo, however he’s come too far within the ensuing many years to repeat himself, and the songs on Brant Bjork – recorded and combined by Yosef Sanborn in Joshua Tree and mastered by John McBain (ex-Monster Magnet) – present that, whether or not it’s the mellow roll of “Duke of Dynamite” or the signature tackle traditional heavy rock in “Jesus Was a Bluesman” and percussion-backed funk of opener “Jungle within the Sound.” There’s no mistaking Brant Bjork, and on Brant Bjork, he strips his songwriting model to its core and brings out the natural vibe that’s made him desert rock’s most vital practitioner.

His legacy and pedigree are unmatched, with tenures in Kyuss/Vista Chino and Fu Manchu in addition to the sadly-shortlived Ché, Ten East and others, however it’s Brant Bjork’s solo work that has had his best affect and proven him to be of inimitable character in craft and magnificence. His unrelenting creativity and one-of-a-kind voice are writ giant over the Brant Bjork LP, which is exactly the way it needs to be, and after greater than twenty years of exploring out within the sands, Bjork continues to seek out new methods to manifest not simply the panorama of the desert, however the spirit of his relationship to it.

Briefly, he’s a grasp, and that is the file that bears his identify. You miss it at your personal peril.

JJ Koczan
Brant Bjork

01 – Jungle In The Sound 00:00
02 – Mary (You are Such A Woman) 04:05
03 – Jesus Was A Bluesman 08:15
04 – Cleansing Out The Ashtray 13:13
05 – Duke Of Dynamite 19:47
06 – Shitkickin’ Now 25:23
07 – Stardust & Diamond Eyes 28:39
08 – Been So Lengthy …


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