This Portland quintet uses ingredients from the psychedelic-doom cookbook and applies small doses of quirky indie-rock sensibility to concoct a hypnotic music brew. The group proves to be masters of merging those influences into a bewitchingly palatable sound on their second record, 2019’s Veils of Winter. Bassist Allison “Sunny” Faris lays down rumbling thick bass sounds to keep everything louder than loud, while the duo of Laura Hopkins and Mikayla Mayhew provide melodic shoe-gaze guitar that would please those who have records from the glory days of Sub Pop alongside vintage Man’s Ruin releases in their collections. Faris and Hopkins add to the enrapturing aura with perfectly-coordinated harmonized vocals, while keyboardist Sarah McKenna adds an extra dose of psychedelics.
Blackwater Holylight plays with Sacri Monti and Spirit Mother at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at the Lodge Room.
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