White Hills, in their roughly decade existence, have churned out more albums than about 95% of other bands that have existed for that long, if not longer. White Hills started as a lone Dave W., but has evolved to a duo with Ego Sensation (who directs the album teaser below). Going off of the trailer, Walks For Motorists will be able to satisfy your heavy space rock needs for 2015. Dave W. and Ego Sensation made this music for your trips to the cosmos, whether they be purely in your consciousness or in a physical sense. Interestingly enough, White Hills have released a few collaborative albums with Gnod, whom I’ve written about on Sly before (that was a while back, admittedly). White Hills are recommended for you fans of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Spectrum, Spacemen 3, Pink Floyd, Füxa and other space rock heavyweights you can think of. Check out the album teaser below via Vimeo and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package with spot varnish printing and inner sleeve. This is a pre-order for April 7th street date. All orders containing Walks With Motorists will ship by the street date.

White Hills are proponents of psychedelia as transformation. The music made by Dave W. and Ego Sensation is risky and cutting edge, rooted in dystopian futurism and hyper-conscious of society’s constant desire for a new and better drug. That progressive aesthetic is at the heart of White Hills’ newest album Walks For Motorists, a radically stripped-down record that emphasizes rhythm and groove. The album bursts forth with a new kind of intensity, one born out of laser-focused precision and detail-oriented songwriting. Possibly surprising to fans familiar with the Hawkwindian guitar squall of earlier albums, the songs on Walks For Motorists began as a keyboard melody or bass line, and several songs on the album don’t even feature guitar at all. This is propulsive, open music, surreal to its core but made to inspire people to get out of their seats and move.

Walks For Motorists was recorded with David Wrench (Caribou, Bear in Heaven, FKA Twigs, Owen Pallet) at Bryn Derwen Recording Studio in Bethesda, Wales which borders the Snowdonia National Forest. The band had 24-hour access to the studio, which allowed them to work whenever inspiration struck. Wrench’s expertise producing and mixing electronic music was an essential asset when perfecting the crisp tones heard throughout the record. This is the first album the band has recorded outside of New York City, and the vast, rolling Welsh landscape that surrounded the studio influenced the album’s uncluttered sound. Walks For Motorists is also White Hills’ most diverse album to date. Fuzzed-out rockers sit comfortably next to kraut-infused grooves, and there are more vocal contributions from Ego than ever before.

White Hills has been developing an entirely new live set focusing on new music, and will be playing many major festivals in 2015, including Roadburn, Primavera, and ATP Iceland. As anyone who has seen the band knows, they can command stages both gargantuan and intimate, and are one of the most legendary live acts in psychedelic rock today. The band’s relentless touring of the US and Europe has gained them a massive grassroots following worldwide, and even more touring is planned throughout 2015.

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