Oh wow…where to begin. Litmus play a sort of Cosmic Stoner Rock. I hear traces of Floyd, Tull & (of course) Sabbath all throughout the Planetfall album…even hints of Steppenwolf’s more trippy moments. The vocals are clean & harmonized, the guitars are wide & heavy, the synths are lush & sweeping. This album is all about mood creation & mind expansion and is most definitely made for the headphone crowd. Not those wimpy little “ear buds” all the iPod’s come with. I’m talking about the big, orange, ear-covering headphones with the curly cable.

Each song, no…I can’t even call them songs. Each soundscape Litmus presents us is pure, undiluted rock wrapped in velvet tapestries of spacey synthesizers & an all-encompassing, passionate vibe. You can easily picture these guys sweating on stage in a forest of shaggy hair & Gibson SG guitars (note: only one of them even has long hair, but that’s beside the point). Guitar solos are delivered drenched in wah-pedal glory, and the jam passages are truly inspiring and spirited.

This is a fun, fun record to listen to, period. Fans of Space Rock & Stoner Doom have a new obsession here for sure. Planetfall offers more than enough energy, atmosphere and heaviness to enjoy for years to come. Blast off!

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Written by Shawn Pelata
August 27th, 2007


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