Conquistador, most of the songs are less than six minutes, apart from the 13-minute title track. The record is an “imaginary Western” that’s inspired by the real travels of a conquistador and his servant. The heavy sustain of Carlson’s guitar sprawls slowly over the course of such extended instrumental passages as “When the Horses Were Shorn of Their Hooves” and “Scorpions in Their Mouths,” and the overall mood is both contemplative and crushingly loud. Mary Lattimore is a local harp player who expands on her classical-music training by incorporating effects and lulling textures in her collaborations with Jeff Zeigler, Kurt Vile and Thurston Moore.
As the leader of the drone-metal collective Earth, Dylan Carlson specializes in unfolding long, pulverizing musical odysseys that often clock in at more than 10 minutes apiece. But on the singer-guitarist’s new solo album,