The result of a three day jam back in November of 2019, The Long Morrow finds Bill Bach (Fu Manchu), Gary Arce (Yawning Man), Bill Stinson (Yawning Man) and Tony Reed (Mos Generator) – collectively known as Big Scenic Nowhere – conjuring magic from their desert sessions and releasing yet another batch of world-class stoner/desert rock in the process.
As ‘big’ as the vistas that inform their sound, the songs on The Long Morrow are epic yet loose, comfortingly warm and rich with ideas. The psychedelic lounge act of “Lavender Bleu” is an undoubted highlight but it’s topped and tailed by equally impressive, heavier, vignettes. However, The Long Morrow‘s sun-bleached piece de resistance is its 20 minute closing salvo – a self-titled gift of a song that morphs from a psychedelic Pink Floyd-esque trip into pure stoner nirvana and back again. Rambling? Not in the slightest? “The Long Morrow” is sun-bleached bliss. It’s the sound of 4 like-minded individuals simply coming together and jamming until something sticks….and these jams sure are sticky!
With Big Scenic Nowhere retaining a core stoner sound – but ever-encroaching on more progressive, shape-shifting sands – this is one band that’s rapidly becoming the pre-eminent stoner/desert act of the genre. 8/10
Big Scenic Nowhere’s The Long Morrow was released on January 14th, 2022 via Heavy Psych Sounds