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Albums Of The Week: Heavy Blanket | Moon Is

Dinosaur Jr.'s idiosyncratic guitar hero J Mascis unplugs the microphone and cuts loose on a shape-shifting set of indie-rock and proto-metal instrumental workouts.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Returning after a 10-year sojourn, freshly stewed from the mind of legendary indie-rock outlier J Mascis, instrumental psych sideshow Heavy Blanket are back with the new album Moon Is on Outer Battery Records.

Forever the creator and custodian of noise in all its inimitable forms, Mascis’s recent raid on a stash of unused riffs has yielded an exceptionally heavy trove of new tracks. Over six songs, Moon Is packs in plenty of ornery proto-metal, lo-fi rock, and obscure other-worldly psych, and is of course a must for all Dinosaur Jr. and Mascis acolytes, old and new. Following the limited-edition flexi-disc release of Crushed, new single and album opener Danny is a genuine treat where every minute is as perfect as the next.

Adding rhythmic reinforcements in the shape of Heavy Blanket’s mysterious musical cohorts, the album marks a return to the autonomy of alt-rock’s most singular visionary and another giddy instalment of monstrous guitar chops, noise and questionable post-Deep Wound/pre-Dinosaur urban mythology.”