Boomkat Product Review:
Newly signed to Thrill Jockey, Portland psych-rockers Eternal Tapestry might just have come up with their greatest offering to date with ‘Beyond the 4th Door’. The core trio of brothers Nick and Jed Bindeman (Jed, you might recognize from Type Records’ Heavy Winged) and Dewey Mahood are joined here by horn/synth player Ryan Carlile and bassist Krag Likins who fill out the sludgy sound perfectly, giving ‘Beyond the 4th Door’ the unmistakable sound of the late 70s. Every inch of the recording sounds authentic, so much so that you can practically smell the incense – the tape-recorded saturation on the bass notes and drum hits is infectious and paralyzing, and the compositions only back up this surface fizz. While the band are associated with renowned free-rockers Jackie O’Motherfucker, I get the feeling that Eternal Tapestry retain a little more focus and a less prone to ‘freak out’ than their buddies at chez weirdo. Although these songs are, for the most part extended jams (one could even say the album is a complete track, chopped into smaller parts for our listening pleasure) it never loses the plot, never really noodles and never gets too cloyingly ‘druggy’ for its own good. This is a sterling effort, but easier to understand given the members’ pedigree. It’s been tough over the last few years to eke out the decent psych rock from the turgid piles of post Sunburned drivel, but Eternal Tapestry are, I’m happy to say, as good as it gets. Subscribe now and reserve yourself a few hours, a prayer rug and a jar of moonshine, you won’t be disappointed.