Posted on February 25 2021
Dead Meadow's Levitation Session LP will be getting an exclusive Fuzz Club Edition, alongside most future Levitation/Reverberation Appreciation Society releases
We’re super excited to be kicking off a new partnership with our friends at Levitation/The Reverberation Appreciation Society with an exclusive Fuzz Club Edition of the incoming Levitation Session LP from Dead Meadow. Going forward we’ll have an exclusive variant of most upcoming Levitation/RAS releases, and trust us when we say there’s some crazy stuff in the works! First up, you can find out all about the incoming Dead Meadow live album below and pre-order the heavy-splatter Fuzz Club Edition here.
Dead Meadow emerged in Washington, D.C. in the late 90s, and reached critical mass in the mid-2000s, sparking the resurgence of heavy, psychedelic rock with an unholy marriage of Sabbath riffs, Crazy Horse jams and Floydian atmospherics. Incorporating elements of folk, blues, and subtle hooks into this heavy mix, their work stands as one of the pillars of modern psychedelic rock: a monolith of heavy, fuzzy rock n roll. In Fall 2020, the band convened at Camp Mozumdar, hidden away in the mountains above Los Angeles, to record their Levitation Session at The Pillars of God: a monumental structure that's part of a sprawling complex built by A.K. Mozumdar and his followers in the mid 20th century in the mountains of Crestline, California, as a place of worship for people of all faiths.
“On moonlight nights, when the sky lowers itself with its myriad of stars and when the wooded hillside and desert play with lights and shadows, one’s heart is filled with gratitude just to be alive.” - A.K. Mozdumar
Live-streamed on February 20th, Dead Meadow’s Levitation Session gathers tracks from over 20 years, distilled into a potent 70 minute performance featuring rare tracks and a handful that have never been released live before. The incoming live album features a selection of the full show, with the track-list and songs trimmed to the band's vision of an ideal vinyl listening experience across two 20 minute sides of a single LP. You can stream videos of the band storming through 'Six To Let The Light Shine Through' and 'Rains In The Desert' below.
Throughout the Levitation Session LP, Dead Meadow run through classic live favourites like ‘Green Sky Green Lake’, ‘What Needs Must Be’ and ‘The Narrows’, but then delve into more esoteric regions of their catalogue. ‘White Worm’ occasionally finds its way into a set but is captured live for the first time here while ‘Jusiamere Farm’ has not been played since shows in the early 2000s. Here, Dead Meadow brings us a generous offering of psychedelic rock imbued with the spirit that inspired The Pillars of God.
On the session, Dead Meadow’s Jason Simon says: “When Steve showed me the all-but-forgotten Pillars of God, tucked away down a mountainside dirt road, we both knew this was a place we needed to play. Dead Meadow has always been a retreat of sorts for us, a sanctuary of creativity and freedom. We learned the Pillars were built with similar ideas in mind, open for all as a place to turn towards an inner world. It seemed only fitting to break the longest period in our twenty year history without performing live at this nearly 100 year old monument. Our music echoed out into the night and traveled across the tree tops in the valley below. Come join us here, all are welcome.”
Header Photo: Michael Loccisano