His pre-cursor to Bubblegum, Here Comes That Weird Chill is a collection of singles that returns his pathway of stones, opening a wide variety of memorable cuts that begins with “Methamphetamine Blues”. A sullen and metallic pounding that illustrates the setting for Lanegan as he begins to fill the space with raging guitars, crashing cymbals, and a lo-fidelity style that is now iconic with his musical personality. He plays a villain as the guitars shriek behind him like a mad scientist of sound, conducting the hellish noises into manageable portions that separate him far enough in the left-field to become an exciting, and unpredictable project. He moves in entirely different directions with each track, making an octopus of eight total tracks of pure, unfiltered ability.
Even in the earliest moments with the following, “On The Steps Of The Cathedral” where Mark Lanegan is able to provide a slight interlude with the looping and overlaying of multiple layers of his own voice repeating biblical nursery rhymes. The production is mostly a grimy, dirt-soaked use of pounding percussion that echoes and strings that cut like knives. There are moments of pure bliss as “Message To Mine” comes like a garage-rock anthem of fuzzy amplifications that portray the sound as a beautiful, but still dirty cover for a church hymn. Lanegan’s conductive strategy and the way that he can constrict the space on Here Comes That Weird Chill is fantastic; almost to the point where the instruments come alive and act as their own separate entity.
An electrical send-off that uses an emotional display of Lanegan’s beautifully crafted writing and the use of wailing production that boosts his style to an impossibly sufficient level. He not only illustrates a personal darkness behind his musical ability, but he makes beauty behind the music as well. Lanegan can change topics, styles, and even his borders, but Lanegan will always be a dead king.
Category: Misc. DayTags: Beggars Banquent Records, Clear Spot, Here Comes That Weird Chill, Lexington Slow Down, Mark Lanegan, Matt's Music Mine, Matthew Ryan Miramontes, Message To Mine, Methamphetamine Blues, On The Steps Of The Cathedral, Skeletal History, Sleep With Me, Sleep With Me (Version), Wish You Well