Dylan Carlson has released a wealth of droning doom rock with his long-running project Earth, as well as a smattering of material under the moniker Drcarlsonalbion. This year, however, he’s stepping out of the shadows a bit, with the forthcoming release of Conquistador, his first solo album out under his own name.
In and of itself, that’s not groundbreaking news, but listening to the music on this new LP, it reveals a boldness and a confidence that deserves to have this collection bearing his given eponym. Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in Salem, Massachusetts, during a break from a solo tour, Conquistador features plenty of Carlson’s slow burning riffs, augmented in spots by fellow guitarist Emma Ruth Rundle and with some percussion touches from Holly Carlson (Dylan’s wife).
To prepare the world for Conquistador, Carlson is sharing the first single from the album, “Scorpions In Their Mouths.” Don’t let the spooky title throw you off; this song is a thing of beauty, gushing with psychedelic buzzes and howls from the surely smoldering amplifiers. Check it out right here, and keep an eye below for some recently announced tour dates that will find Carlson opening for none other than Sleep.
Conquistador arrives via Sargent House Records this spring.
July 22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
July 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
July 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
July 28 Boston, MA @ Royale *
August 1 Chicago, IL @ Riviera *