Earth moves tectonically. For years the Earth lay dormant waiting for the right spark. An entire nine years passed the lethargic band by. Upon its awakening on “Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method” Dylan Carlson and the group had moved forward. Much cleaner, harmonic, the thing was infused with all the threat and violence of before, yet it felt closer. Since that turn Earth has been moving towards human territory, away from the early cosmic drone that defined its earlier work.
Honestly I have enjoyed the shift. While I think “Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version” is an absolutely great thing to surrender to, it can’t really be an end-all, be-all. The album is not a repeatable act nor should it. Earth did what it wanted in 1993 and to ask it to do the same thing for an entire decade can certainly be exhausting. Fortunately Earth decided to move towards a grandiose bard sound, which feels warmer and less lonely.
Vocals are finally returning to Earth after a nearly two decade hiatus. The trudge is still there since Earth has all the time in the world. “From the Zodiacal Light” shows off a little bit of what the new Earth incarnation sounds like with additional human elements. Maybe Earth had been working towards this all long: starting out with the isolation threat-infused fuzz to move towards an ever greater epic emotional sound.
“Primitive and Deadly” hopefully shall continue the tradition of latter-day Earth in the finest fashion possible.