The Nothing They Need, Simon casts his laid-back vocals adrift over midtempo hard rockers “Keep Your Head” and the blues-laden “I’m So Glad” before downshifting occasionally into moodier trances, such as “This Shaky Hand Is Not Mine” and the watery echoes of “Rest Natural.” Plus, journeyman hard rockers Howlin Rain and seismic jolts of eclectic desert ramblers Yawning Man.
Dead Meadow purvey an especially heavy kind of psychedelia in which languorous, sludgy riffs wind themselves tightly like a boa constrictor around singer Jason Simon’s hazy vocals. And, just like a snake, the trio’s deceptive, slow tempos mask the simmering surges of volume and intensity that can erupt without warning. There are elements of heavy metal and grunge, but Dead Meadow create hypnotic layers of sound that are far trippier than most stoner-rock combos. On the L.A. band’s new album,