Dripping with psychedelia, Heavy Water Experiments’ self-titled CD is a twelve track glimpse into what would happen if Radiohead came into your college dorm room to munch on Cheetos and cover Tool songs.
“Goldenthroat” provides the perfect intro to the disc, winding its way into your subconscious and letting the rest of the disc slip behind the veil and speak to you on an almost meditative level. The bulk of the disc plays in that same vein, although some tracks (notably “Book Colored Blue”) sometimes get lost within themselves on drag on a bit longer than they should.
While still maintaining that trancelike sound, tracks like “Mirror The Sky”, “Neverlove”, the rock sensibility of “Solitude” and the exotic brooding mysticism of “Conflagration Song” are darker, tapping into feelings a bit more primal, but not much less serene. Even when these guys want to show you how heavy they can get, they refuse to change who they are or how they sound. This steadfast dedication to maintaining their underlying vision becomes even more apparent when interlaced with the exotic flare of “Octavian” or the almost frantic energy of “Otherland”.
“Anodyne” may be the one exception. It’s probably the most radio-friendly track on the disc, playing with a slightly more pop sensibility, reminiscent of the Alan Parsons Project.
The biggest danger with this disc is probably the munchies. While the experimentation may be heavy, it’s as calm as still waters.
Heavy Water Experiments
Rating by Larry McCloskey: 4.0 stars