Antlers in Velvet

Leon III - Antlers in Velvet
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March 5, 2021 / Release Date
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Some widescreen psychedelic country not a million miles from MMJ and Band of Horses - just with some prog flavours reminiscent of Floyd and the Flaming Lips here and there.

Plus of course as with most anything 'country rock' there are some nods to Neil Young's song writing style.
FIRST LISTEN: Country music has evidently turned to David Gilmour and Roger Waters for inspiration and, although the Pink Floyd rootedness of Leon III's sophomore album is arguably enough for you to call it a watered down remaster of the 60s psychedelic group's discography, there's more than enough here to cherish.
Psychedelia appears to be elevating country music to new levels right now. Although it feels like a time trip it’s in a really good way as Hendrix flavours fills the void and an Aerosmith vocal rise with a ripping guitar solo there is space and a lot of weirdness to enjoy here from the guitar sounds to other experimentation ‘This Whisper Is Ours’ even utilises some edm backing to perfection. Side a is fantastic.

Although ‘Rumors Of Water’ gets a little too country ... read more
Leon III - Antlers in Velvet

Genre: Progressive Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 58% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 126th / 220

Highlight: Fly Migrator

Made me think of:
Pink Floyd
Mostly Autumn
The first half of this was so promising. There was a fantastic balance going on between psychedelic, progressive rock, and country that reminded me of Honey Harper's breakout album last year. The problem is that they stripped back their genre blends way, way too much in the second half, much of which sounds like a mediocre and exhausting version of your average Sturgill Simpson record.
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Added on: March 5, 2021