Pelt: Max Meadows CD
Max Meadows is the third full-length release by Virginia trio Pelt. Recorded all over the place in studio, rehearsal, and live settings, combines the Dead C-like downer song-craft heard on their early releases with the massive group drone soon to take over their sound.
Use of a wide variety of unusual instruments, including those of their own design, came into full bloom here and gives Pelt a sound very much removed from other groups working this side of the street. "Outside Listening" and "Sun Is Standing" send out lengthy waves of bliss via electric guitar, both ethereal and gritty at the same time. "Hippy War Machine" organizes the mass percussion heard on those old Amon Duul LP's and backs it with a powerful drone. "Dismal Falls" serves as a fitting coda to such an exhaustive listen, with its eerie, melodic banjo and bowed cymbals.