Witching Chronicles: Exploring The Big Scenic Nowhere’s The Waydown

In the vast expanse of the desert, where the heat haze shimmers and the landscape stretches out like a canvas awaiting its painter, lies the birthplace of Big Scenic Nowhere’s latest sonic odyssey, “The Waydown.” This album is a testament to the power of collaboration and the magic that unfolds when musical minds converge in the mystical surroundings of Joshua Tree.

From the opening notes of “The Waydown,” it’s evident that Big Scenic Nowhere are architects of soundscapes, sculptors of mood, and storytellers of the soul. Each track on “The Waydown” is a journey unto itself, crafted through the alchemy of spontaneous jams and meticulous editing, resulting in a collection that feels both raw and refined.

Gary Arce’s guitar work is the guiding force throughout the album, his riffs weaving intricate tapestries of melody and texture that ebb and flow like the desert winds. Tracks like “100” and “Bleed On” showcase his mastery of the instrument, with each note reverberating through the vast expanse of sound.

But “The Waydown” is not just a showcase for Arce’s guitar prowess; it’s a testament to the collective talent of all involved. Per Wiberg’s keyboard flourishes on “100” and “Summer Teeth” add depth and color to the sonic landscape, while Gar’s lap steel on “100” imbues the track with a haunting, ethereal quality.

One of the album’s standout moments is the cover of Hall and Oates’ “Sara Smile,” featuring guest keyboardist Eliot Lewis. Big Scenic Nowhere breathes new life into the classic track, infusing it with their signature blend of desert rock and psychedelic soul.

Throughout “The Waydown,” there’s a sense of exploration and discovery, as if each note is a step further into the unknown. Tracks like “Summer Teeth” and “Sara Smile” evoke a sense of nostalgia, while others, like “BT-OH,” pulse with an urgency that demands attention.

Mixed and mastered by the talented Tony Reed, “The Waydown” is a sonic journey unlike any other, a testament to the power of collaboration and the boundless creativity that arises when musical minds converge. So, sit back, close your eyes, and let Big Scenic Nowhere take you on a journey through the desert sands and beyond. You won’t be disappointed.

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Released by Heavy Psych Sounds Records on February 2, 2024

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