photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
years ago when i was a PEACE CORPS volunteer in ALBANIA, i used to take public transportation around the country. these overstuffed buses that doubled as the mail and delivery system for regular people transporting goods and foodstuffs from village to village. because of these stops, rides would almost certainly extend to double the time it would take to get anywhere in a straight shot.
what i loved doing on these long bus rides (anywhere from 4-10 hours depending on where i was going) was listen to DRONE METAL pioneers SUNN O))) records. their sound is an EXPERIMENTAL, mostly extended mix of INSTRUMENTALS set at a GLACIAL pace with long RINGING open chords and MINIMAL percussion in a something akin to a slow paced DIRGE that provides a psychic space to consider the big questions in life. i can recall leaving a beachside city (VLORE) and watch the hills gradually recede and make way to a series of open plains (TIRANA) that would abruptly become interceded by jagged mountains (KUKES) as i careened my way up to the lush fields of KOSOVO. i very much identify the sound of SUNN O))) with the gradual, impartial variations of the nature world.
great band well worth checking out. highly recommended.