BASK: American Hollow: LP

No other band can weave Americana with psychedelia and stoner rock as cohesively as BASK. Hailing from the mountains of Asheville, N.C., the four-piece outfit has concocted a sound truly all its own. Each track is a progressive buildup that opens with simple acoustic chords, gradually adds heavier layers, and culminates in a monstrous, screaming finale. Not unlike the mountains themselves, BASK’s songs deliver rewarding summits that are well worth the long ascensions. The band was invited to open for stoner rock giants High On Fire across Europe last summer and came back from tour still humble enough to play the same small venues in which they accrued their first fans. Just listening to this record makes you feel like you’ve gotten some stuff off your chest, and the live show never fails to be a good time. ­­­–Michelle Kirk (Self-Aware, [email protected], selfawarerecords.com)