We shift gears in this episode and not only talk about a single band but a single album from a single band. Our shift in gears is analogous to said single band’s shift in gears, musically. Angry sludgesters Baroness turn into deft indie rockers on their new Yellow & Green. Spacey ’60s narcotics in one hand, sledgehammer in the other, the band lobotomizes longtime listeners and will undoubtedly acquire many new ones as well.
This new double LP reaches across multiple genres in tapping a well-spring of influences and will appeal to a broad range of music fans. Comparisons to Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and Cave In will be peppered with critics’ invocations of Pink Floyd, Killing Joke, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, and perhaps Radiohead. Dig a little deeper and you might hear buzzing insects or a dash of alt-country. Turned off already, metal purist? Well, you never gave Baroness the time of day anyway. Yellow & Green will surely recruit as well as alienate, but go back to even the early EPs and you’ll hear that Baroness have been on said trajectory all along. They are obviously interested in pushing themselves. We’re glad they have the guts, and we’re hoping that it’ll turn out net positive. A major-label masterpiece may be within the next two or three records.