Album #209: Steve Von Till – No Wilderness Deep Enough

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Oakland, California, USA
  • Label: Neurot
  • Best Track: The Old Straight Track

I’ve never listened to Steve Von Till before, but what I’ve read about him makes me think I should. The Neurosis guitarist’s work has been described as everything from sludge metal to contemporary folk, and today sees the release of his fifth solo album.

I’m never sure how to approach these 30-40 minute, heavily themed albums with only six or seven tracks. There are some I love, such as Slint’s Spiderland and most of Godspeed! You Black Emperor’s work. Others I struggle with, plus they tend to need a lot of perseverance and time that I don’t have.

On my first couple of listens, No Wilderness Deep Enough is shaping up well. I like the intensity, with some of the quieter, slower tracks like ‘The Old Straight Track’ being the most atmospheric.

An inadequate review really, but I’m going to be pushed for time over the next two weeks so it might well be a sign of what’s to come.

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