Song Review: Puscifer "Grand Canyon"
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:26:54
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A swirling and soaring love letter to the Arizona landscape signed, sealed, and delivered from Maynard James Keenan.
Puscifer expand their sonic palette yet again with "Grand Canyon" the first music to be revealed from the group's third full-length album, Money Shot [Puscifer Entertainment], out October 30. 2011's brilliant Conditions of My Parole saw the collective led by vocalist Maynard James Keenan [Tool, A Perfect Circle] really take flight, but they officially reach the heavens here. With production by guitar player and programmer Mat Mitchell and that sonic sorcery Carina Round wields so well, the tunes stand out as elegant as they are entrancing. If you're not familiar with Puscifer at this point (and you should be!), the best way to describe the current evolution in one phrase is "Radiohead with balls." However, even that doesn't do the majesty of "Grand Canyon" justice—though it is cool and clever in our opinion.
A thick guitar begins this six-minute journey in tandem with a staggered drum beat. Over a lush soundscape, Keenan's voice delicately materializes. He paints a vivid lyrical portrait evocative of the Arizona landscape with lines like "In the fog of my own noise and triviality" and the echoing, "Grant me clarity." It's, "Stand fearless on the edge of forever," that really brings this image to life. The incredible thing about Puscifer is it's not so much music as it is art in motion. You can see this world, and you don't want to leave. It's bolstered by Round's robust vocals and a synth, computer drone that wouldn't be out of place in 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's a fascinating and fiery ride.